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Red Sox, David Ortiz agree to $26 million deal

Nov 2, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT

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CSN Boston’s Sean McAdam reports that the Red Sox and David Ortiz have come to terms on a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $26 million.

Incentives included in the contract could make it worth $30 million.

WEEI’s Rob Bradford first reported that a deal was close. Speculation had long centered on the two sides doing a two-year deal with an annual salary similar to the $14.575 million that Ortiz made last season. That $14.575 million salary, which arose after Ortiz accepted arbitration as a free agent last winter, was the highest of Ortiz’s career.

Ortiz turns 37 this month, but he hardly seemed deserving of a paycut after hitting .318/.415/.611 in 324 at-bats last season. He had 23 homers and 60 RBI before missing all but one game in the final 2 1/2 months because of an Achilles’ tendon injury.

The RangersĀ had also expressed some interest in Ortiz,’s Ken Rosenthal reported, but Ortiz made it clear his heart was in Boston. He’s spent 10 seasons with the team and hit 343 of his 401 career homers in a Red Sox uniform.

  1. prosourcetalk - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Myriad changes…MYRIAD CHANGES!

  2. theskinsman - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Best DH in the league.Lock him up,and move to the next roster hole…

    • cpgray3 - Nov 3, 2012 at 1:11 AM

      Wow!! Over $100K per hit for two years.

  3. edelmanfanclub - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM


  4. delusionalcardsfan - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:54 PM


  5. skeleteeth - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM


  6. randygnyc - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Holy cow!!! I didn’t realize papi only hit fifty something home runs before coming to Boston. Subconsciously I just assumed he hit a lot more with the twins. I would’ve lost a boat load had that stat had been the focus of a bet.

    • damnyankee13 - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      you can still lose a boatload if you bet on the red sox winning another world series while under current management

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 3, 2012 at 1:42 AM

        They’ve won two under this group in under a decade

    • skeleteeth - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      Can’t think of any Twins lefty hitting more than 34 HR’s in a season while playing at Metrodome so really not that surprising. Combine that with only 2 of 6 years of 100+ games played.

    • deathmonkey41 - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Red Sox are banking on the fact that he uses better masking agents than Melky.

      • theskinsman - Nov 4, 2012 at 2:36 AM

        melky learned a LOT being on the yanks roster. Hope he also realizes steroid abuse makes the bones brittle,causing curious fractures.

      • deathmonkey41 - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

        WIth the way he hit for the Yanks, I’d say he didn’t learn enough while he was there.

  7. BigBeachBall - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Sox wont win another WS with this dude in the lineup

  8. brandedthefirst - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Good luck with this.

  9. brandedthefirst - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    No, this not money spent well by a team in need of exercising the bad spirits from a team that could get a solid dh who can also play the field? Plenty out there.

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:53 AM


      • deathmonkey41 - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        To be fair, bad spirits can probably use some cardio too.

  10. stex52 - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Red Sox must still have dreams of competing in 2013. Or perhaps they can’t admit to the fans that they don’t think they can.

  11. sidelineshot - Nov 3, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    2-year deal at 13 mil per? Not a bad thing for the Sox.
    Think Yankees … 27+ mil … 5 more years … A-Rod … insanity.

  12. mazblast - Nov 3, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    It’s good public relations even if it’s nothing else, and I think it’s a good deal, period. Big Papi is an immensely popular guy in Boston’s territory, and he can still rake.

  13. boyshole25 - Nov 3, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Imagine how much he would make if he had any fielding skill set at all. Smh

    • hammyofdoom - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      He’s not a HORRIBLE defender at first, seeing him in inter-league I was always surprised that people thought he was terrible. He was originally signed as 1B for the Sox but they decided to keep him at DH for offensive reasons. He could play first (maybe not as much at his advanced age), but they just dont have him doing it.

  14. pellypell - Nov 3, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Great signing. Papi is the lifeblood of the Sox, for the most part keeps his mouth shut and when he is on, he rakes.

    .290/26/97 in 2013.

  15. giantssb42champs - Nov 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    That’s a lot of protein shakes.

  16. ejannetta - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    13 mil is a good deal for “Big Sloppi” seeing that he can’t play the field…..horrible at 1st base.

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