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Boston Red Sox Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, David Ortiz

7:36 p.m. ET: Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox didn't even place a bid on Nakajima.

6:00 p.m. ET: The rumor that the Red Sox have the highest bid on Nakajima isn't true, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston. Edes notes that Boston questioned Nakajima as a hitter.

5:12 p.m. ET: There is some interesting Boston Red Sox news this early afternoon, as it seems like they are finally diving into free agency, and at full force. Yasuko Yanagita of the Japanese news paper Hochi Shimbun is reporting that the Red Sox had the highest bid on Japanese short stop Hiroyuki Nakajima.

Nakajima has been posted for a little while now, and other than Yu Darvish, has been the most coveted Japanese free agents. He had previously played with the Seibu Lions. The Red Sox already have Marco Scutaro at shortstop, but he is able to play third base. This could lead to more Kevin Youkilis trade talks, possibly.

Also, Joey MacDonald of ESPN Boston is reporting that David Ortiz is looking for two years and $25mm while the Red Sox offered him two years and $18mm. Last season he made $12.5mm overall, and he is considering accepting arbitration which would net him $15mm for the entire season, and he would become a free agent next off season.


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