The Red Sox [team stats] and David Ortiz [stats] are still working to reach agreement on a two-year deal, according to a source with knowledge of the talks, but it looks like Cody Ross is going to test the market. The Red Sox own an exclusive negotiating window with all of their free agents that ends at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, at which point, players will be free to speak with any team. The team hopes to have Ortiz in the fold before then, and both sides have expressed optimism he will remain in a Red Sox uniform for an 11th season, if not longer. Ortiz has steadfastly maintained his desire to sign a two-year contract, and despite joking to the Herald last month that he wants "two years, $60 million," he is believed to be seeking a contract in the $25 million to $30 million range. The Red Sox have until Saturday to make a one-year qualifying offer of $13.3 million, which is the average of the top 125 salaries in the game, for a hitter who was having an outstanding year (.318-23-60) before a heel injury basically ended his season in mid-July. Unlike past years, when teams merely needed to offer a veteran free agent arbitration to guarantee compensatory draft picks, under the new rules, if Ortiz signs elsewhere after receiving the qualifying offer, the Red Sox will only get one draft pick at the end of the first round. Ortiz also has the option of declining the offer and becoming a free agent. He made $14.575 million last year after narrowly avoiding arbitration.
David Ortiz deal in works
Boston Herald | Nov 1