We’re probably talking about a starting point on negotiations here, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox have made a contract offer to David Ortiz.
The specifics of the offer aren’t known, but Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington indicated last Friday that he has maintained contact with Ortiz’s representatives in hopes of reaching a quick resolution. Chances are he’s pretty familiar with what it will take to bring him back to Boston.
According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Ortiz’s agent, Fernando Cuza, was scheduled to meet tonight with the Red Sox and Orioles at the general managers’ meetings in Milwaukee, so the negotiations will surely continue.
Ortiz, who turns 36 on Friday, earned $12.5 million this season while batting .309/.398/.554 with 29 home runs, 96 RBI and a .953 OPS over 605 plate appearances.
Nathan Eovaldi hasn’t pitched in a month due to right elbow inflammation, but he told Chad Jennings of the Journal News today that he expects to pitch out of the bullpen if the Yankees advance to the ALDS against the Royals.
Eovaldi was originally expected to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session today, but the Yankees moved up his timetable after the news that CC Sabathia was checking into alcohol rehab. Instead, he threw 10 pitches in a bullpen session before facing hitters for the first time since his injury.
There isn’t enough time for Eovaldi to get stretched out to start during the ALDS, but he could still play an important role for the Yankees, especially with Adam Warren looking like the most likely option to replace Sabathia in the rotation.
Yadier Molina suffered a mild ligament tear in his left thumb on September 20, but the Cardinals announced Monday that they remain “optimistic” he’ll be on the roster for the upcoming NLDS.
Molina visited a hand specialist Monday and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that he’ll have a custom splint built in hopes that he’ll be able to hit and catch. He’s still not 100 percent, but even a limited Molina could be better than the alternative. That would be Tony Cruz in this case.
The Cardinals will meet the winner of Wednesday’s Wild Card game between the Cubs and the Pirates. Game 1 of the NLDS will take place Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET in St. Louis.