On Sunday, Nick Cafardo reported on what kind of terms the Boston Red Sox might be able to lock David Ortiz up for. They sound reasonable enough, given the flexibility that the Red Sox have, combined with the need for Ortiz's patience and power in the middle of the lineup: David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox - Word is, he might accept a two-year deal for $26 million-$28 million if offered. The sides are talking and hope to have a deal before free agency. But if the Sox can't go two years, Ortiz may very well roll the dice and see if the Orioles, Yankees, Blue Jays, or Rangers bite. The Yankees are trying to get younger, so they may not be interested, but . . . Ortiz at Yankee Stadium? The first part of this is important, with Cafardo saying those important figures. The second part sounds more like guesswork -- albeit educated guesswork -- with Cafardo explaining where else Ortiz could land if Boston doesn't give him a deal. The Orioles sound realistic enough -- the O's could use another major hitter, and it's likely Dan Duquette would like Ortiz. The Blue Jays have been rumored as a possibility before, but it's hard to see the Red Sox let a second year get in the way of Ortiz leaving for Toronto now that they aren't working with very little in the way of off-season spending money.
Red Sox, Ortiz Hope To Have A Deal Before Free Agency
Over The Monster | Oct 15