According to a baseball source close to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston, the Boston Red Sox are on the verge of inking David Ortiz to a two-year deal. The Red Sox are optimistic they will finalize the deal before the end of the week.
The veteran DH is apparently aiming for a $25 million deal, but Edes' source says that although the Red Sox are in that neighborhood but hope to sign him for a few million less.
“As I said, we want to have David back,” GM Ben Cherington said. “We've had good, amicable dialogue. I talked to Fernando (Cuza, Ortiz's agent) yesterday. We'll continue to keep talking. Our hope is to get something done. I'm sure we'll talk again this week sometime.”
Ortiz, 36, had a tremendous season in Boston last year hitting .318/.415/.611 with 23 HR's, 60 RBI's and a 171 OPS+ in 383 plate appearances with the team.
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