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.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.