02/02/12 2:00 PM EST
GM says Boston likely out of Oswalt running
Cherington turns attention to contracts for Papi, Aceves
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com
"I am not at liberty to tell you the dates [of the scheduled hearings], although I know dates get out sometimes," Cherington told reporters beforehand. "It's not going to come from me on this one. ... There's a request not to divulge the dates. Nothing this week."One way or another, those two will be resolved in the next two weeks," Cherington later told the town-hall crowd. "Certainly before we get to Spring Training." Pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 19. Valentine said he will arrive on Feb. 12, and Cherington said he'll go down some time next week. Ortiz's agent, Fern Cuza, declined to comment Wednesday. If the cases reach arbitration, Cherington said he would attend them, but he would not be arguing on the club's behalf. "I will not be presenting the case, but we're working on it in baseball ops, and with attorneys both inside the Red Sox and outside the Red Sox," Cherington said. "And as we get closer to going to a hearing, we'll let you know who the presenters are." A panel of three arbitrators rules on cases either in favor of the player or the club. A middle-ground settlement can be reached only independent of a hearing. The Red Sox have offered a $12.65 million salary to Ortiz, while he has asked for $16.5 million. Aceves has filed for $1.6 million, and the team $900,000. The Sox have settled their seven other arbitration cases this offseason. Cherington told Wednesday's crowd that the nine cases the Sox had this winter was unusually high. "It's a lot to get nine cases settled in a short amount of time," he said.