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The Red Sox have had discussions with David Ortiz’s agent

Jan 14, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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David Ortiz accepted arbitration, so we’ve already established what he’s going to be this year (the Red Sox’ DH), now we’re just negotiating the price.  To that end, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox had discussions with Ortiz’ agent yesterday.

One would think that he’s going to get a two-year deal between $25-30 million, perhaps with incentives to get him there. That’s because he (a) made $12.5 million the past couple of years and likely won’t take a pay cut; and (b) if he does nothing and simply goes to arbitration he’ll make on the order of, what, $15 million? $16 million?

Ortiz has always been cranky about being in his last year of a deal. It just makes sense for both sides to lock him up for two years somehow.

  1. randygnyc - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Sox gotta answer the yanks. Better not let him go, even if you have to sign him to the 4 year $80 million dollar contract he deserves. And you kinda owe it to him….

    • hammyofdoom - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      4 years and 80 million for a 36 year old DH? Look I love papi and think he should have a 2 year 25-30 million deal but that is freaking crazy! He’s GUARANTEED to be on the sox this year, theres no letting him go, and really they dont owe him crap, baseball doesnt pay 80 million dollars for a thank you card

      • bigharold - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:02 AM

        “4 years and 80 million for a 36 year old DH?”

        You ought that hook, line an sinker..Apparently sarcasm is a lost art form.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      The Red Sox are about answer they are negotiating with Vicente Padilla as I write this. Expect the announcement before the weekend is over.

    • Kyle - Jan 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      You can’t be serious.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        Kyle – Can’t be serious about what? If it’s about them signing Padilla I’m dead serious.

      • hammyofdoom - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:41 PM

        Seems like the Red Sox are going with the communist approach to things: throw bodies at a problem until it gets fixed. If they compile 20 starting pitchers before spring training you have to think 2 of the lil buggers will stick

    • henryd3rd - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:06 AM

      Last time I looked Ortiz was paid quite handsomely in 2011. Where is it written that a ball club must pay a guy what he’s worth. If David were so sure of his value he could have opted for free agency. An aging 36 year old DH has fewer bargaining chips and lets be honest what other team had shown any interest in Big Papi?

      On second thought he would have fitted in quite nicely in a Yankee uniform!

  2. sonsofneely - Jan 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Two years makes sense…even going to three as a player option with incentives…Papi needs to be in Boston

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