The Red Sox have six unsigned arbitration-eligible players: RHP Alfredo Aceves, INF Mike Aviles, RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Daniel Bard, OF Jacoby Ellsbury and DH David Ortiz.
If any of the players remained unsigned by noon today, the Red Sox and their agents will submit proposed salaries for a one-year deal to Major League Baseball. The first arbitration hearings would be Feb. 1. The sides can continue to negotiate to that point.
If it gets to a hearing, the panel would listen to each side then pick one of the proposed salaries. They can't split the difference.
For a fan, this is not a big deal. These players will be on the roster, it's just a question of settling on a figure. The Sox have not gone to arbitration with a player since 2002 and would like to keep that streak intact.