Four Red Sox were among the 128 players who formally filed for salary arbitration today. Righthanders Manny Delcarmen, Jon Papelbon and Ramon S. Ramirez filed along with outfielder Jeremy Hermida.
If contracts are not agreed to before then, the sides will exchange figures on Tuesday. Hearings are scheduled to start Feb. 1 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
In most cases, contracts are agreed to before a hearing become necessary. If it gets to that point with Papelbon, it will be interesting to see what he seeks. The closer made $6.25 million last season in his first season of arbitration.
The big arbitration case this year is Tim Lincecum of the Giants, who becomes eligible after winning back-to-back Cy Young Awards.