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Winds blowing wrong way for Ortiz?

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08:10 AM ET 11.04 | Closing in on a midnight Thursday deadline, the Red Sox and David Ortiz have reportedly talked about his future in Boston. There is nothing new to report on the situation. It's worth noting, however, that Texas declined its $9 million option on Vlad Guerrero. He and Ortiz had comparable seasons and are comparable players in terms of their age and inability to play the field. Ortiz may want a multi-year deal. But the Red Sox would be doing him a favor if they pick up the option. Designated hitters simply aren't worth what they once were.

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November 4, 2010  08:17 AM ET

I would take Guerrero.

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November 4, 2010  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thought I hate the Red Sox, something tells me he re-signs with Boston.

I would rather he stay there, those two deserve each other

November 4, 2010  10:04 AM ET

I wouldn't want to be downwind from Ortiz....

November 4, 2010  10:04 AM ET

They pick up his option... or work something out. His play is comparable to Vlad... but Big Papi still put butts in the seats, maybe not as many as before, but he still has a big following.

November 4, 2010  10:19 AM ET

No DH, not even Ortiz, is worth $12.5 mill to a teams payroll, as a part time player.

November 4, 2010  10:20 AM ET

Oh yea, I wanna go watch the Sox games because the roiding Papi is on the team. <rolls eyes>

November 4, 2010  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They pick up his option... or work something out. His play is comparable to Vlad... but Big Papi still put butts in the seats, maybe not as many as before, but he still has a big following.

since just about every seat in the ballpark is sold before the season even starts, putting butts in the seats is not a concern............

November 4, 2010  10:41 AM ET

They may try and get him for less, if they do that though I think he walks. MLB players have been known to have too much pride. not neccesarily Papi, in general.

November 4, 2010  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They may try and get him for less, if they do that though I think he walks. MLB players have been known to have too much pride. not neccesarily Papi, in general.

if he walks, so be it. that 12.5 million could be spent better anyway.

November 4, 2010  10:46 AM ET

Hate to say it, but I think they should let him go. Red Sox need to get younger. As the man (or woman) said: Thanks for the memories.

November 4, 2010  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I would rather he stay there, those two deserve each other

Class acts generally do.

November 4, 2010  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They pick up his option... or work something out. His play is comparable to Vlad... but Big Papi still put butts in the seats, maybe not as many as before, but he still has a big following.

And that's what it comes down to at the end of the day. To management, baseball is business. If on the net Papi can help generate revenue and there are no opportunity costs, he stays.

November 4, 2010  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

since just about every seat in the ballpark is sold before the season even starts, putting butts in the seats is not a concern............

No point in parsing words here. "Putting butts in the seats" is a metaphor. "Break you" has it right. Ticket sales are a small, small part of the gross. There's the advertising revenue on NESN, the sports paraphenalia rights, filling the seats of the places they visit, the intangibles (team chemistry), etc. Sox even get a good amount of coin from Japan, which is why they're not afraid to hold on to a less-than-stellar Dice-K.

Whatever maximizes the bottom line will stay. More coin means more money to get more good talent. (Just ask the Yankees)

November 4, 2010  11:25 AM ET
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good God almighty!

Great googly moogly!

November 4, 2010  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

No point in parsing words here. "Putting butts in the seats" is a metaphor. "Break you" has it right. Ticket sales are a small, small part of the gross. There's the advertising revenue on NESN, the sports paraphenalia rights, filling the seats of the places they visit, the intangibles (team chemistry), etc. Sox even get a good amount of coin from Japan, which is why they're not afraid to hold on to a less-than-stellar Dice-K.Whatever maximizes the bottom line will stay. More coin means more money to get more good talent. (Just ask the Yankees)

This is exactly what I was going for

November 4, 2010  12:15 PM ET

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November 4, 2010  12:15 PM ET

Good bye Big Papi

 
November 4, 2010  12:22 PM ET

They dont pick up his otion, he tests the market, he sees nothing there, he comes back to boston for 7-8 mill. The end.

Now go to sleep! haha

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