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Red Sox legend David Ortiz solidifies the middle of the order.
The Red Sox and DH David Ortiz agreed to a new 2 year contract worth around $26 million on Friday night. Ortiz will enter his 11th season in a Red Sox uniform next season and will be signed for a 13th as well.
Ortiz’ season ended on the same day that the blockbuster trade with the Dodgers was made in late August due to an injured achilles. Before the injury Ortiz was enjoying a productive year, hitting .318 with 23 home runs and 60 RBI in only 90 games. He looked to be in better shape as well while he was healthy and he showed a bit more speed in his older age. Ortiz’ Achilles’ tendon flared up in late July while he was hustling to 2nd base on what turned out to be a Adrian Gonzalez home run. He came back for only one game in August before shutting it down for the season. He had surgery after the season to repair the Achilles injury and is expected to be 100% by the start of spring training.
There are two big reasons why re-signing Ortiz was important for this crucial off-season. The first is that, along with Dustin Pedroia, Ortiz is the spiritual leader of the Red Sox clubhouse. He’s been that guy for the past decade. In a season where the Sox will be looking to plug rookies and young players from smaller markets into key roles a guy like Ortiz will be important in the clubhouse. The second point is that the Red Sox are eager to get back to the OBP and OPS success they had in Terry Francona’s early years as manager. Ortiz, along with Manny Ramirez, was the poster boy for that style of offense in its Red Sox hey day. Having Ortiz in the middle of the lineup will be key not only for Ortiz himself working the deep pitch counts and producing runs but as an example for the young players coming up and settling into the lineup.
The Red Sox gave Ortiz a qualifying offer earlier in the day, a move that proved moot. Ortiz was the only player the Red Sox tendered. They declined to tender Cody Ross, James Loney, Daisuke Matsusaka, Vicente Padilla, Scott Posednik and Aaron Cook. The biggest name of the bunch is Ross and he is still in play, just not at the $13 million that the Red Sox would have to pay with a qualifying offer. Also of note it appears that the Dice-K era in Boston is mercifully over.
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David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox reached agreement on Friday night on a two-year deal worth at least $26 million, ESPNBoston.com reported. If Ortiz satisfies all the incentives, the deal could be worth as much as $30 million, according to the report. Ortiz, who turns 37 in two weeks, has been saying he wanted to finish his career in Boston, and it appears he may be able to...
The Boston Red Sox are not alone in their pursuit of designated hitter David Ortiz. The Texas Rangers also have expressed serious interest in Ortiz, major-league sources say, envisioning him as a left-handed hitting replacement for their own free agent, Josh Hamilton.
The Red Sox still are considered the favorites to re-sign Ortiz, most likely to a two-year contract. However, free...
It is time for David Ortiz to leave the Boston Red Sox. It has been a great run that has resulted in two World Series championships and many great memories. But, like most good things, it has come to an end. It is time for the two to part ways.
Ortiz has been unhappy with the Red Sox for a few years now. Every year, things seem to only get worse. Of course, as bad as things have...
A baseball official with knowledge of the negotiations says the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $26 million, two-year contract with designated hitter David Ortiz.
Bonuses could raise the total to $30 million, the official said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been signed.
Ortiz was a free agent and able to discuss money with all teams at midnight...
David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox have agreed on a new deal. Under terms of the new deal Ortiz will receive $26 million over the next two seasons. Sam McAdam of Comcast Sports Net was one of the first to break news of the completed deal.
It was never a question to whether Ortiz would return to Boston. The 36-year-old had a .318/.415/.611 line with 21 home runs and 60 RBI in 90 games...
Some people are quibbling with the two-year, $26 million deal the Red Sox have reportedly given designated hitter David Ortiz.
Two years for a soon-to-be 37-year-old? Giving $13 million a year to a designated hitter? Incentives that could push the money up to $15 million a year -- for a slugger who only played 90 games last season due to an Achilles injury that just wouldn't...
David Ortiz, the face of the Red Sox since helping Boston end an 86-year World Series drought in 2004, has finalized a $26 million, two-year contract.
The soon-to-be 37-year old Ortiz attended a Fenway Park news conference Monday to announce the agreement, which includes bonuses that could raise the value to $30 million.
Big Papi had consecutive game-ending hits in extra innings...
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It's appearing more likely that by the time Boston's exclusive
negotiating rights with David Ortiz expire at midnight ET at the end of
Friday, the sides won't have a deal.
However, Red Sox...
We all figured this one was coming, but now it's official: David Ortiz will remain in Boston. The DH signed a two year, $26 million deal that had been rumored all day before finally being confirmed on Friday night.
After the Red Sox offered Ortiz a qualifying offer of $13.3 million earlier today, you had to imagine a deal would get done for somewhere in that general vicinity...
The Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz are close to reaching an agreement on a two-year contract, multiple media outlets reported Friday. The Red Sox will pay Ortiz between $13 and $15 million per year, according to various reports. That's about the same salary Ortiz received this past season. Boston made a qualifying offer of $13.3 million to Ortiz on Friday, but that was merely...
The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year $26mm deal with DH slugger David Ortiz, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. The deal also includes $4mm in incentives.
The two sides had mutual interest in getting a deal done. Last week, we heard that the two sides were discussing a two-year deal in the $25mm range.
Ortiz is a big John Farrell supporter and with his recent hiring as manager...
You can put a check next to the first item on the Red Sox’ offseason checklist. The Red Sox re-signed slugger David Ortiz on Friday night, to a 2-year, $26 million deal that will keep the Red Sox’ longest tenured player in Boston through 2014. Since the season ended, the Sox and Ortiz have been [...]
David Ortiz was just trying to spread the good karma.
The Red Sox designated hitter was at TD Garden on Friday night as the Celtics opened their home slate against the Milwaukee Bucks, wearing some fine jewelry and a pretty stylish C's hat.
But even Ortiz, who reportedly came to terms with the Sox on a new contract late Friday, couldn't give the Celtics...
The Red Sox may have some competition for David Ortiz, if the high-priced slugger goes to free agency, after all.
FOXSports.com reports that the Texas Rangers are interested in the Red Sox designated hitter, if indeed he does decide to test free agency.
The free agent market opens Friday at midnight, and it sounds like it's becoming unlikely that Boston and...
Now that the MLB season is over, re-signing free agents Cody Ross and David Ortiz has become an urgent priority for the Red Sox. They have consistently stated that both sluggers would be priorities headed into the offseason, and now that their exclusive negotiating period with the pair ends on Saturday, the time is [...]