The Boston Red Sox made a qualifying offer to slugger David Ortiz today before the 5 pm deadline. The Red Sox offered Ortiz $13.3 million. Sources report the sides are close on a two-year deal. Oritz was having a solid season this past year before being sidelined by injuries.
Will He Accept?
Big Papi now has until November 9 to accept the Red Sox offer, which is less than the $14.58 million he earned this past season. The Boston DH turns 37 on November 18. Prior to straining his Achilles, Ortiz looked very good. On 90 games, he had a .318 average, 23 home runs and 60 RBIs.
If he does not accept and goes to another team, the qualifying offer ensures that the Red Sox will receive one sandwich-round draft pick as compensation. The team did not extend qualifying offers to outfielders Scott Podsednik and Cody Ross, pitchers Aaron Cook, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Vicente Padilla, and first baseman James Loney.
He’s been an All-Star eight times. In 10 years with Boston, he has hit 343 home runs, batted .290 and knocked in 1088 runs. His totals, which include six seasons with the Twins are 401 homers, .285 BA and 1,362 RBIs. Ortiz was a good player with Minnesota but exploded once he came to Boston. As an example, he’s used the Green Monster will for homers and to manufacture doubles. He’s had 374 doubles with Boston.
Leadership and Class
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was quotes early this week as saying, “David is someone who we feel strongly about bringing back, and we’re trying to figure out a way to do that and we hope that happens.”
Stats are just one reason to get Big Papi back for a few more seasons. Oritiz has proven to be a premium clubhouse leader and a great ambassador for the Red Sox. He’s a tough competitor and a clutch hitter too. Plus, he’s got a lot of class and seems to be proud to be a Red Sox. I really feel that the Red Sox need him as an anchor as they rebuild this team.
I hope he stays!