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The Red Sox are poised to pick up David Ortiz's extension

Sep 7, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox are prepared to pick up David Ortiz’s $12 million 2011 extension. That according to “a major league source well acquainted with the Sox’s thinking.”

In other news, we probably need to have a summit meeting about the best way to label anonymous sources in this business, because “a major league source well acquainted with the Sox’s thinking” is kind of a mouthful.

Nothing wrong with such reporting, mind you. I don’t mean to impugn Edes at all because he’s a good reporter. Indeed, I pass things along from anonymous sources all the time myself. This is baseball, after all, not foreign policy reporting, and despite what people may tell you, there is nothing wrong with gossip. It’s just that when you dress gossip up with newsy descriptions such as “a major league source well acquainted with the Sox’s thinking” you sound, I dunno, a bit silly. Let’s strive to keep it casual, ya know? I digress.

Ortiz has had a pretty decent year, with early season fears that his career was deader than vaudeville proving to be overstatements.  Still, I’d be wary of paying the guy $12 million when the going rate for a DH on the downside of his career is a seven figure proposition rather than eight.  Maybe Boston is just scared to death at this point that they’ll never have healthy players again and want to be double damn sure they have the one big bat who has managed to stay in the lineup all year back for 2011.

  1. Md23Rewls - Sep 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    This seems like a pretty horrible idea.

  2. Fecteau - Sep 7, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    At that price its not a good idea. I’d renegotiate for 7 million

  3. APBA Guy - Sep 7, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    The other side of this is that Boston has to maintain its designation as a desirable place for free agents to land. Part of that is not chiseling a marquee player over a few million that is easily affordable to the franchise. Strictly speaking Ortiz isn’t the player he was, and a comparable bat could be had for less than $ 12M. But keep in mind is .893 OPS isn’t bad at all these days. Among “qualified” hitters on ESPN stats, .893 is 19th overall, and 2nd among DH’s. Vlad Guerrero, widely respected for his comeback season is only .835.

  4. BC - Sep 7, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    If its a one-year option, why not renegotiate for 2 years at $7mil or $8mil each? Heck, they can afford the $12mil anyway. Lowell is coming off the books, that’s about $10mil right there. I think Varitek is up as well, there’s another bunch of cash. Sign Ortiz and V-Mart, get Youkilis back, and add an outfielder who can play and not get hurt all the time (Carl Crawford?).

  5. Jonny5 - Sep 7, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Wow. And i’m NOT a red sox fan. I think they better wait and pick up Da Prince, but then again, who am I ?

  6. Johnnyb10 - Sep 7, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    The Red Sox have always been famous for nickle & dimeing players right out of town. That’s how the Yankees got Damon, Texeria & even A-Rod.

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