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.
Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.
It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.
Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.
Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.