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Big Papi to return to Red Sox in 2012

Multiple sources said the Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortizavoided arbitration Monday, just hours before their scheduled hearing,and settled on a 1-year, $14.5 million deal that will bring back theslugger for the 2012 season.

Multiple sources said the Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz avoided arbitration Monday, just hours before their scheduled hearing, and settled on a 1-year, $14.5 million deal that will bring back the slugger for the 2012 season.

Ortiz had been looking for a $16.5 million deal and the Sox were offering $12.6 million.

“Big Papi” made $12.5 million last season as he hit .309 with a .398 OBP, hitting 29 homers and driving in 96 runs.

 
 
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