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“When I first talked to Cody about coming here, the goal obviously was to do well as a team, but part of the goal was to put him in a better position,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said yesterday. “I felt it could put him in a better position by coming here and performing in this ballpark. The good news is that it did. That’s to his credit. He’s in a good position now. It makes it tougher to sign him.”
The Red Sox could have made Ross a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer to assure draft-pick compensation if he leaves. But there also was a chance he would accept, and while the Sox are interested in re-signing him, they don’t believe he’s worth $13.3 million.
“We’ll keep the door open, and we’ll continue to talk,” Cherington said. “But once we’re in free agency, he’s got opportunities to talk to other teams, and we fully expect him to do that.”
Herald | Cody Ross may cash in elsewhere
Meanwhile, Ross is looking for three years, $25 million, not quite the Josh Willingham contract people pegged him for, but not far off either.
Will Boston go that far? I'm tempted to say no, but it's worth remembering that they have very little on the books. The answer might come in tandem with the team's plans for Jacoby Ellsbury. If the Sox are planning trading Ellsbury, or merely letting him walk after this year, they might be more willing to devote some extra resources to locking in a guy who likes Boston, even on a deal that's probably not going to pay off.
If they're re-signing Ells? Then it gets harder to justify $8 million a year on a guy who may or may not be a glorified fourth outfielder.
Of course, both of these ideas could be wrong. They could bring back both, or they could exile both. In a lot of ways, it depends on the organization's philosophy. Do they continue to be the baseball version of the Patriots, digging their heels in on a certain value and telling the player to find a better deal elsewhere (as they did with Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and even David Ortiz for a number of years)? Or, is Ortiz's latest contract a sign that they're willing to overpay a bit just to make sure they bring in (or keep) the right type of player?
If I had to guess, I say Ross is gone. I think the Papi deal will prove to be the exception, not the rule, and they'll be happy for Ross' one-year rental and his subsequent deal elsewhere, as they were with Adrian Beltre.
Herald | Papi's powerful enough to link past greatness to future success | Cherington goes all-in on Ortiz two-year deal | David Ortiz defends vs. Bobby Valentine | Globe | Sox and Ortiz are together | CSNNE | Cherington on Ross: 'Door will remain open' | Red Sox still trying to piece together coaching staff | Cherington eyes upcoming general manager meetings | Red Sox, Ortiz happy to move forward with two-year deal | ESPNBoston | David Ortiz: I didn't shut it down | David Ortiz could earn up to $30 million | Sources: Ross still waiting for three-year offer | Source: Boston set on pitching coach | Red Sox to add medical director
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The Boston Red Sox should seriously look into trading center
fielder Jacoby Ellsbury given their disappointing 2012 season and the many
needs the team currently has to fill, reports Michael Silverman of the Boston
Trading Jacoby Ellsbury,
however, looks to be the smartest way to proceed, and here’s why.
While they aren’t likely to admit it, Silverman...
After a decade of playing in a Red Sox uniform, David Ortiz is signing up for another couple of years.
Big Papi and the team have come to terms on a two-year contract extension, which is reported to be worth up to $30 million for the designated hitter over the course of the deal.
As the first 10 years of his time with the Sox comes to a close, take a look back...
A.B. According to multiple sources, Red Sox slugger, David Ortiz, has signed a 2 year $26 million contract extension with his Boston club. There has been a lot of speculation about whether Red Sox ownership would agree with Ortiz on a contract extension, especially for two years. The most clutch hitter in Red Sox history turns 37 in 13 days and had season ending achilles surgery...
BOSTON –– Boston could benefit from a No. 3 starter.
With Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz carrying the top of the rotation, the Red Sox are primed to sift through pitching options that could bridge the gap to Felix Doubront and John Lackey –– the team’s fourth and fifth starters, respectively.
While Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster are starting options in the farm system...
A week after terminated Boston manager Bobby Valentine claimed that designated hitter David Ortiz quit on the Red Sox after the team made a blockbuster trade that essentially sealed its playoff fate, the juiced slugger said his former skipper has … Continue reading →
BOSTON –– All eyes are on the pitching coach vacancy.
As of now, the Red Sox have Rick Peterson, Randy St. Claire, Juan Nieves and Steve Foster in contention for the position. But Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington believes they will have the list whittled down to one candidate very soon."We're getting closer," Cherington said of the job. ...
Juan Nieves will be the Boston Red Sox's fourth pitching coach in three years, and he'll attempt to revive a staff that has gone from being dominant to being a symbol of the team's problems in recent seasons. The team announced that Nieves would be the pitching coach under new manager John Farrell, whose departure from the pitching coach role following the 2010 season...
With the General Manager meetings starting on Wednesday in Palm Springs, the Major League offseason should heat up soon. But until then, here’s a series of news and notes on what the Red Sox are working on: -The Sox held a press conference today at Fenway to officially announce the re-signing of David Ortiz. As [...]
Big Papi is coming back.
The Red Sox and David Ortiz are set to announce the designated hitter's return to the team next season, after the slugger signed a reported two-year deal that could be worth up to as much as $30 million.
That's money well spent for an icon that has been with the Sox through thick and thin and will now continue to be there as the...
Despite John Farrell's endorsement of Rick Peterson, the Red Sox will name Juan Nieves as their pitching coach.
A major league source on Wednesday confirmed a report that the Red
Sox will name Juan Nieves pitching coach. Nieves, a former Brewers
pitcher, most recently served as bullpen coach for the White Sox since
CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman had...
Jacoby Ellsbury‘s name has been bandied about in trade rumors during the offseason, but those whispers could be dying down in the immediate future.
The Red Sox are currently “disinclined” to trade their 29-year-old center fielder who will be a free agent after 2013, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal points out that Ellsbury’s trade value is diminished after...
Now that David Ortiz has been re-signed, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington can turn his attention to other areas of need, and one question mark surrounding the team is its right field situation.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Cody Ross is seeking a contract in the three-year, $25 million range. While Ross was a heck of a player for Boston last season, there’s a chance...
The Red Sox held a formal press conference Monday to announce the two-year $26 million contract David Ortiz signed with the team this weekend. According to WEEI.com, the contract includes incentives for the amount of time he spends on the disabled list due to the Achilles injury he suffered this past season. He could make up to $15 million this season. This was the first major move...