Now that the Red Sox have found a manager they’re focused on re-signing David Ortiz and the 36-year-old designated hitter seems optimistic about a deal getting done before he hits the open market as a free agent.
“Hopefully we get it done by the end of the World Series,” Ortiz said, via Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston. “I know what’s fair and I know guys my age aren’t going to get three-, four- or five-year deals anymore, so I want to play two more and if things go good I’ll continue to play.”
In other words, he’s trying to talk the Red Sox into a two-year contract despite missing nearly the entire second half with an Achilles’ tendon injury.
Ortiz played this season on a one-year, $14.58 million contract and topped a 1.000 OPS for the first time since 2007, hitting .318 with 23 homers and 26 doubles in 90 games.
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.