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Red Sox confident David Ortiz will return with two-year deal

Dec 5, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that the Red Sox “seem pretty confident” that David Ortiz will return on a two-year deal if he doesn’t accept arbitration.

Ortiz, 36, earned $12.5 million this season while batting .309/.398/.554 with 29 home runs, 96 RBI and a .953 OPS over 605 plate appearances. Heyman was recently told by one agent that the veteran slugger could get a one-year deal valued at $16 million if he accepts Boston’s offer of arbitration.

And so, the question Ortiz needs to ask himself is whether he would rather take the higher annual salary on a one-year deal and test the market again next offseason or accept a lesser annual salary (say a little over $10 million per season) on a two-year deal. Considering that aging-DH types are being priced out of the free agent market, the security of the two-year deal looks like the smart move.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    D. J. – If the numbers in your piece are even close to accurate. Ortiz would be foolish to accept a 2 year deal. $15 or $16MM for 1 year versus as you say a “little” over $10MM per on a 2 year deal. He would be stupid to accept a 2 year deal like that.

    Even $15MM for 1 year would virtually guarantee that next year he would get at least a $6MM come the 2013 season with poor numbers. With a half way decent 2012 he could easily get $8 to 10MM hitting the FA market again in 2013.

    I look for him to get 2 year $25MM deal from Boston to make it worth his while.

    • sknut - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:35 PM

      The Sox would be better to go with a 1-yr deal then 2. There always seem to be DH types floating around and I would be worried that his performance would drop in the 2nd year.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:52 PM

        Since coming back from his wrist surgery, the guy has put up a .380/.405 wOBA and 133/153 wRC the last two years. People act like he’s been league average for a few years, and that’s just not the case.

  2. bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    If he does, he is a sucker.

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