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Sox about to give Ortiz $25M?

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08:06 AM ET 10.24 | Big Papi may be getting his last big deal. The Boston Red Sox are closing in on a two-year deal with free-agent designated hitter David Ortiz that they hope to finalize before the end of the week, according to a baseball source. The two-year term -- something that was of utmost importance to the 36-year-old Ortiz -- already has been agreed upon, the source said Tuesday, but the sides are still haggling on compensation. Ortiz is believed to be seeking a total of $25 million. The Red Sox are in that neighborhood but hope to sign him for a few million less, according to the source, who noted the monetary negotiations are not expected to get in the way of the deal's completion.

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October 24, 2012  08:25 AM ET

Well he didn't play the last of part of the season, he should be well rested for next year, give him 30M he's loyal!!!!!!

October 24, 2012  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Well he didn't play the last of part of the season, he should be well rested for next year, give him 30M he's loyal!!!!!!

A bit early to be smoking crack, no?

October 24, 2012  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

A bit early to be smoking crack, no?

<cough cough cough>

Huh?

October 24, 2012  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

A bit early to be smoking crack, no?

I think he's referrring to Bobby V's recent comments that Ortiz mailed it in once Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford were traded.

October 24, 2012  08:51 AM ET

Bobby V apparently accused Ortiz of quitting on the team after he initially came off the DL. It sounded to me like he said he quit because of the big trade, meaning the team was giving up. Given his age and the type injury he had and the fact that his contract was up also had some bearing maybe on whether or not he should take a chance coming off the DL too soon.

October 24, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think he's referrring to Bobby V's recent comments that Ortiz mailed it in once Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford were traded.

Maybe it's just a little early in the morning for my sarcasm detector.

October 24, 2012  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think he's referrring to Bobby V's recent comments that Ortiz mailed it in once Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford were traded.

He may have mailed it in somewhat, but I don't really blame him. He saw what happened to Ryan Howard trying to play on a bad achilles last year. The team was going nowhere and the front office wasn't willing to give him any more than a one year deal.

October 24, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Only in America a 38 year old man to be cam get a 25 million 2 year contract to swing at a baseball 3 or 4 times a game.

October 24, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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Only in America a 38 year old man to be cam get a 25 million 2 year contract to swing at a baseball 3 or 4 times a game.

You can narrow that down toad to only in Boston.

October 24, 2012  09:13 AM ET

will still be $10 million less a year than Arod............................:)

October 24, 2012  09:14 AM ET

No doubt he quit, Love him hate him, Valentine does not hold back. Ortiz quit, what makes him any different than Manny stepping into the batters box and refusing to swing? Ortiz is a great player, but the attitudes these players have is unbelievable. The silver spoons need to be shoved up their arses!

October 24, 2012  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Bobby V apparently accused Ortiz of quitting on the team after he initially came off the DL. It sounded to me like he said he quit because of the big trade, meaning the team was giving up. Given his age and the type injury he had and the fact that his contract was up also had some bearing maybe on whether or not he should take a chance coming off the DL too soon.

I think there's a lot of truth to what Bobby said. I agree that Ortiz looked at that deal and realized with no one batting around him, his number would take a hit. So, he put his numbers ahead of the standings and took the rest of the year off.

October 24, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

will still be $10 million less a year than Arod............................:)

Hey Sarge, do you realize that the Mets won the same number of ALCS games as the Yankees did?

October 24, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

will still be $10 million less a year than Arod............................:)

This from a guy who's team is still paying Bobby Bonilla.

October 24, 2012  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

This from a guy who's team is still paying Bobby Bonilla.

no him and Saberhagen are done......just got Bay and Santana to wait out ...one more year....then half those Yankee fans will be back in Queens before you know it.....

October 24, 2012  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Hey Sarge, do you realize that the Mets won the same number of ALCS games as the Yankees did?

ha.....

October 24, 2012  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

no him and Saberhagen are done......just got Bay and Santana to wait out ...one more year....then half those Yankee fans will be back in Queens before you know it.....

They aren't done with Bonilla. Starting in 2011, they owed him close to $1,200,000 a year for the next 25 years. Or did they find a way to buy him out?

October 24, 2012  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

They aren't done with Bonilla. Starting in 2011, they owed him close to $1,200,000 a year for the next 25 years. Or did they find a way to buy him out?

This is from an ESPN the Magazine article from 5/14/2012:

LAST JULY, in her New York office, a financial planner by the exquisitely apt name of Jennifer Prosperino received her weekly call from a longtime client. He was a semiretired man in Florida who'd grown up evading gunfire in the South Bronx, where he'd lived in firetrap apartment buildings with junkies in the hallways. He slept with a baseball bat in his bed, dreaming of a better life. His first question for Prosperino was the one he always asked: "Am I going to be okay?"

Days earlier, the client, employed part time by his former union, had received a check from the New York Mets for $1,193,248.20 -- the first of 25 annual, identical payments he is guaranteed from a club he last played for in 1999. That means Bobby Bonilla, 49, will make more money than 17 players on the Mets' Opening Day roster.

October 24, 2012  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

This is from an ESPN the Magazine article from 5/14/2012:LAST JULY, in her New York office, a financial planner by the exquisitely apt name of Jennifer Prosperino received her weekly call from a longtime client. He was a semiretired man in Florida who'd grown up evading gunfire in the South Bronx, where he'd lived in firetrap apartment buildings with junkies in the hallways. He slept with a baseball bat in his bed, dreaming of a better life. His first question for Prosperino was the one he always asked: "Am I going to be okay?"Days earlier, the client, employed part time by his former union, had received a check from the New York Mets for $1,193,248.20 -- the first of 25 annual, identical payments he is guaranteed from a club he last played for in 1999. That means Bobby Bonilla, 49, will make more money than 17 players on the Mets' Opening Day roster.

Awesome.

 
October 24, 2012  09:52 AM ET

Which means they owe Bonilla $29,831,205.00 from a contract he signed in the last century.

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