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Red Sox GM says he wants Ortiz back

Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:35 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 8:38 pm
David Ortiz

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Red Sox want David Ortiz back, general manager Ben Cherington said on Friday. Speaking to reporters after Tony Lovullo's post-interview news conference, Cherington said the team is still talking to Ortiz's agents.

"Because of what I feel, and I think he feels, is a little more of a defended market for that role, it's been easier to engage sooner," Cherington said (via "It's probably less likely to be a situation where he gets into the market and there's something the he's pushed into a corner on. David knows we want him to be here. We want him to be back with the Red Sox. We want him in our lineup. We've had a lot of dialogue to see if there's a way to do that and I think that will continue."

If the Red Sox want Ortiz back, they'll probably get him. The market for designated hitters isn't strong and Ortiz is the best one on the market. The only other place he may fit would be Toronto, but the Blue Jays re-signed Edwin Encarnacion and say he'll be something of a utility player for them, even if DH is his best spot.

As for the news that former closer Jonathan Papelbon had signed with the Phillies, Cherington said the team hadn't made an offer to keep him. Cherington also said the team's first priority may not be a starting pitcher -- more because of the available names rather than the team's need.

"There are options, probably not as strong as the bullpen, closer market, the way we see it," Cherington told the assembled reporters. "There are option, but riskier and would require some sort of bounce back from injury or bad luck or performance to some degree. We're going to exhaustive in looking at ways to build depth to the rotation and the bullpen. We do believe we have some internal options that will help us. But past the sort of top of the starters market, there's a lot of risk there."

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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 7:50 pm

Red Sox GM says he wants Ortiz back

I`d say the pitching should be a bigger concern with Papelboner bolting for Philly. Another key point is they could use the DH spot for other fat not so great shape guys like the Youk in 2012.  Probably best to let Ppai walk, but they`re kinda stuck. Don`t think Papi was eating or drinking in the clubhouse as dedicated to fintness as he is. 

Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2011 1:13 pm

Red Sox GM says he wants Ortiz back

Go Red Sox

Sign Ortiz

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:08 am

Red Sox GM says he wants Ortiz back

This guy is hands down the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history!His arrival in Boston turned the franchise into Champions for the first time in a century and he(unlike that Manny guy)showed up for work everyday this year frequently out performing A-Gon and always outproducing Crawford..I just wish that the Yankees would lower themselves to Bostons level just this one time(Bernie,Jorge,Pettite,ect ect)and make Boston pay for a guy that they cant afford to lose..Ortiz proved his worth last year and put up tremendous numbers under enormous pressure(most of Boston had already written him off) and earned his deal!!Its not his fault Boston overpaid for practically everyone else on the team!!Yankees should offer 3 years and 45 million gauranteed!!Ofcourse these same lameass Bostonites who are forcefeeding Ortiz these 1 and 2 year contracts contracts for much less than he's worth will then call him a traitor!!

Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:24 pm

Red Sox GM says he wants Ortiz back

the sox are not going to sign pujols , why would they way too much money for a dh , gonzalez is the first baseman for a while , the red sox need some right handed hitting bad , the lineup is too left handed and they didn't want pappelbon back from the get go , too much money for a man that always chokes in big games , the sox need o get a relevier like keith foulke again who was unhittable in 2004 closing games ( he was the big reason the sox won in 04 shutting down the oppenents in the late innings while waiting for big papi to do his heroics )

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 4:42 pm

Red Sox GM says he wants Ortiz back

25 million ?

for 25 million they can sign fielder or pujols for just a little more. they keep him at 13 million max, 26 for 2 years to be exact, and that is more than enough.

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:10 am
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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:13 am

Red Sox GM says he wants Ortiz back

Now that Papelbon has signed in Philly, the chances of Ortiz signing in Boston just greatly increased. The reality is, the Sox can wait out the market and get Ortiz to realize that without a glove, he doesn't have much leverage, despite his solid season last year. I don't think the Sox would have re-signed him had they paid Papelbon, but now I figure they will, and they'll sign a lower cost option like Joe Nathan, or Jonathan Broxton to compete with Bard (and maybe Jenks) for the back of the rotation jobs.

With that money saved, they can afford to give Big Papi 25 million over 2 years. I doubt any other team would pay that for him. As long as Cherington doesn't lowball him too much, he'll finish his career in Boston. The writer is probably correct in assuming that Toronto may be the only other suitor, with miniscule chances for New York, and maybe KC, but where else could he really go?

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:17 pm

Red Sox GM says he wants Ortiz back

I too think the Red Sox try to keep David Ortiz, but sure like to think if they get Albert Pujols is a good alternative if he does not sign back to the Red Sox. just my thoughts only

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