8:27pm: Ortiz said tonight that he hadn't heard about an increase to Boston's two-year offer, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI. Ortiz officially accepted arbitration, though the two sides could still work out a multiyear agreement.
7:22pm: With tonight's arbitration deadline looming, the Red Sox have boosted their two-year contract offer to David Ortiz, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com. McAdam says the new offer increases the $18MM figure the Sox previously proposed, but still falls slightly short of $20MM, meaning Ortiz is unlikely to accept it.
With numerous reports indicating Ortiz has decided to accept Boston's offer of arbitration, the 36-year-old will be in line for a raise over last year's $12.5MM salary on a one-year deal. If Ortiz accepts arb, the Sox would be less likely to continue pursuing a multiyear deal, a source tells McAdam.
Other Red Sox notes:
- If the Sox are paying Ortiz upwards of $14-15MM next season, it's less likely they'll spend on a closer or outfielder, tweets ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.
- Boston is close to signing Jesse Carlson to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite, tweets McAdam.