David Ortiz “hurt” by lack of contract talks with Red Sox

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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2011 season.

He wants to remain in Boston, and the Red Sox are sure to consider re-signing him this winter.

But no negotiations have taken place yet between player and upper management, and that’s beginning to bother the 35-year-old veteran.

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston spoke about the matter Saturday with a “source close to” Ortiz:

“David is (too) proud and respectful to say how he feels in public, but the guy feels hurt, upset by the way that he is being ignored by the Red Sox,” said the unnamed source. “After all he’s done here and having a good season, he was at least hoping to be approached by the team to talk about his future.”

The Red Sox have no real reason to commit to Ortiz until they absolutely have to. What if he suffers a major injury this month? Or what if he bats .150 with a .400 OPS down the stretch? There are too many factors at play for the Boston front office to rush into multi-year — or even one-year — contract negotiations.

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.