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The State of the David Ortiz talks

Nov 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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Sean McAdam of has an update on the David Ortiz-Red Sox talks, which both parties likely want to put to bed soon without the sort of beefing we had in the past two offseasons:

A source with knowledge of the talks said Wednesday that the two sides continue to exchange proposals, with some progress being made, but are not close to a deal.

Nick Cafardo says similar things — talks ongoing — but is more bullish on the timeline, saying that the parties think they’ll have something done withing 24 hours, and on how close the parties are on money (he calls it “a modest gap”).

As McAdam notes, there is not any magic to the timeline, though, apart from convenience. Even if a deal is not struck by then, it is a no-brainer that the Sox will make Ortiz a qualifying offer — $13.3 million for one year — and that Ortiz will decline it, given that it would represent a pay cut from the $14.575 million he made in 2012.

Sure, that would make him fair game for any other team, but I think the most shocking thing of this offseason would be for David Ortiz to change teams.

  1. belichickrulz - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    $13.3 million for one year is fair. If he wants more than that, either money or years, then let him test the market and see if he can get it.

    And if he thinks that Red Sox Nation is on his side and not the team’s, then he needs to talk to Ray Allen.

    • foreverchipper10 - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      The Celtics offered Ray Allen a two-year $12 million deal. He left to sign with hated Miami on a two-year $6 million deal. If Ortiz signs with the Yankees for half of what Boston offers him then he can go talk to Ray Allen.

  2. stex52 - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    To repeat myself:

    The RS need to make a hard-eyed assessment of what their goals for 2013 are. If they think they are rebuilding, then paying that much for a DH is just ridiculous. Invest it in strengthening a couple of positions or in your minor league system.

    If they think that they are competitive for a wild card spot, then offer him a qualifier. If he walks, they get compensation. They can also find a DH who will give them sufficient numbers. It’s really going to be much more about fixing the rest of the team.

    • aceshigh11 - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      I agree, but Ortiz is that one link to the “glory days”, and the fans need someone to rally around.

      I realize I’m being ridiculously sentimental, but the fact is he means a lot to the team and what they’ve accomplished over the past 10 years, and he IS still highly productive.

      Even if they’re rebuilding (which they clearly are), give him two years and let him retire as a Red Sock.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:57 AM

      Then who’s his replacement?

  3. vallewho - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    I heard talks hit a snag when Big Papi requested a lifetime supply of papitas.

    • sidelineshot - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      I thought that he had asked for an endless supply of plantain mofongo at Merengue Restaurant in Blue Hill Ave in Boston. I could have the wrong source.
      The mofongo does look delicious – ( check it out.

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