David Ortiz “finalizing” two-year contract with Red Sox

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David Ortiz was optimistic about his chances of re-signing with the Red Sox and sure enough Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the two sides are “finalizing” a two-year contract.

No word yet on the money involved, but a mulit-year deal is a win for Ortiz considering he’s a 36-year-old designated hitter coming off an Achilles’ tendon injury that cost him essentially the entire second half. He played last season on a one-year, $14.58 million deal and hit .318 with 23 homers and 26 doubles in 90 games for his first OPS above 1.000 since 2007.

According to Edes the Red Sox hope to announce the deal by the end of this week and Ortiz is “believed to be seeking” around $25 million.

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: