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If David Ortiz doesn't find the two-year deal he seeks with the Red Sox, he could hit free agency and look to other clubs such as the Orioles, Rangers, Blue Jays and even the Yankees.
Contract talks between David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox have recently intensified, and the designated hitter could accept a two-year, $26-28 million deal with the club, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:
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.
Cafardo adds that if the Red Sox aren’t willing to go two years, Ortiz could "roll the dice" and see if the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays or Texas Rangers are interested in such a contract. While it’s not clear if they’d be interested as they’re trying to get younger, Cafardo wonders if Ortiz would be a fit with the New York Yankees as well.
Ortiz had another impressive season with the Red Sox. Over 324 at-bats the 36-year-old hit .318/.415/.611 with 26 doubles and 23 home runs, earning him his eighth trip to the All-Star game.
While Ortiz has been productive into his latter 30’s, he does turn 37 in November and is limited to the DH position. For this reason it’s unclear if he’ll receive the two-year contract he covets this offseason.