Red Sox Notes: Ortiz, Valentine, Wilson

Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement will make it harder for teams to spend big on amateur talent, which leaves them looking for new ways to build a competitive advantage. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports suggests clubs should invest in scouting to ensure that the money they do spend impacts the Major League roster. Here's more from Morosi on the Boston Red Sox:

  • Morosi says it's more likely than not that David Ortiz will return to Boston for another season. The Red Sox offered the free agent DH arbitration in a climate that no longer rewards one-dimensional sluggers as generously as it once did.
  • Bobby Valentine remains the favorite to be named Boston's next manager, according to Morosi. Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont and Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo remain in the mix as well.
  • The Red Sox continue pursuing C.J. Wilson, according to Morosi. Many other clubs, including the Yankees and Blue Jays also have some interest in the free agent left-hander.


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25 Comments on "Red Sox Notes: Ortiz, Valentine, Wilson"


Minorityfanbasewannabe
3 years 9 months ago

Getting C.J. Wouldn’t be bad if we could get him a a reasonable price. The problem is I’m starting to doubt if thats a possiblity. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

it clearly isn’t. oswalt won’t cost a draft pick. if you have to pay up for pitching, pay him or pay no one imo

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Very true. Unless Oswalt is also seeking a 2-3 year deal for a large amount.

MaineSox
3 years 9 months ago

Even at three years I would probably still prefer Oswalt to any of the other free agent options.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Agreed, he’s surprisingly under-rated as a FA when compared to the massively overrated Wilson. 

MaineSox
3 years 9 months ago

jlasovage
3 years 9 months ago

he means for the sox to overpay for papi, thats all

3 years 9 months ago

I assume its just the Jays doing there typical due diligence. I don’t want them to sign CJ Wilson considering they’d have to spend more than the Yanks/Red Sox were willing to. He’s not the guy you want to win a bidding war with.

KaunBlauk
3 years 9 months ago

Does it really surprise you that Yankee fans want to comment on possible Red Sox transactions? I,m a Boston fan from Holland but also wanna know what the Yankees are doing….

dc21892
3 years 9 months ago

I really like C.J. Wilson, but in the back of my mind I’m thinking John Lackey all over again. Also, I hope they resign Ortiz and figure out who their manager is going to be SOON.

3 years 9 months ago

Ortiz will get $15-16 million in arbitration if he accepts. Not bad cash.

pedroia15
3 years 9 months ago

Heyman said he could get up to $16M, but I think that’s unrealistic.  I would predict closer to $13.5M, which I think Papi should take.  A DH at his age shouldn’t be guaranteed a multi-year deal, but there are some dumb GMs out there.  Think about it, the second Papi loses his bat-speed, his career is over. 

Zuidvogels
3 years 9 months ago

He made 12.5M last season, you expect him to get a 1M raise after the season he had? I’m a Sox fan, but that is absolute wishful thinking.

3 years 9 months ago

Heyman said $16 million, and at least 5 other major sportswriters including 2 in Boston have said $15 million +.

Ortiz will get a minimum of $15 million in arbitration and would probably accept a 2 year deal for $28 million. That is what a .953 OPS with .550 slg earns you today.

He is still the top DH in baseball and a top ten batter after all.

slider32
3 years 9 months ago

CJ is having a great Thanksgiving now that the Yanks, Sox, and Jays are after him. They all have the money to overpay for him.

pedroia15
3 years 9 months ago

I doubt the Sox will go hard after him.  They only have about $25M to spend this offseason to stay under the 2012 luxury tax.  And they still need 2 SPs, a top reliever, and 1 hitter.  I think it makes sense to keep Papi for 1 year, sign a decent reliever to a short-term deal, sign a decent SP and trade for a young, cheap SP.

qbass187
3 years 9 months ago

Them signing Ortiz will make you happy? Ok…I guess the fact that he kills the Yankees doesn’t bother you. It doesn’t bother me either :)

jlasovage
3 years 9 months ago

i believe it coming from a yankee fan

mwagner26
3 years 9 months ago

Why are the vast majority of Yankees fans on here massive, massive trolls? 

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Well for every Yankee troll, there are probably 10 trolls who hate them.

StanleyHudson
3 years 9 months ago

Or Burnett for that matter….

mwagner26
3 years 9 months ago

It’s actually a goblin.

Nice try though.

slider32
3 years 9 months ago

Try talking about baseball on this site.

mwagner26
3 years 9 months ago

That’s a cool story, you have there bro.

Zuidvogels
3 years 9 months ago

I’m an American living in Holland. We have ESPN America which shows alot of games. Most people have MLBTV accounts. Baseball is alot bigger here then most. I fully believe at some point there will be a large dutch movement in the Majors. They have more rec leagues here then anywhere in America. There is like 6-8 classes, each containing like 5-8 divisions, and each division has 7-12 teams. So their league is huge here and it’s producing better players all the time. 2 of my 16-17 year olds got scouted by the Padres this year. So MLB is starting to notice. It’s hard to get the kids away from Soccer as it’s the number one sport here but every year more and more kids are migraiting to baseball and as soons as the top athletes start to go that way here, Dutch players will become more recognized in MLB IMO.