David Ortiz finalized a two-year, $26 million contract with the Red Sox earlier today. But he could make more if he stays healthy.
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com was told by a baseball source that Ortiz’s contract includes specific language regarding the right Achilles tendon injury which limited him to just 90 games this season. The new deal currently calls for him to make an $11 million base salary in 2014, but his salary will be bumped up to $15 million if he misses 20 or fewer days on the disabled list in 2013 due to the injury. That would bring the total value of the deal to $30 million.
Ortiz, who turns 37 later this month, underwent ultrasound treatment on his Achilles tendon early last month. The veteran slugger is currently in rehab mode, but he’s expected to be ready for spring training.
Thursday is September 1, which means rosters expand. As a result, the Nationals plan to promote pitcher Mat Latos to the major league roster, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Latos had an opt-out clause for Monday, but after discussing the matter with the team, he agreed to stay at Triple-A Syracuse until Thursday.
Latos, 28, put up a 4.62 ERA over 11 starts with the White Sox before being released in mid-June. Nearly two weeks later, he signed a minor league contract with the Nationals.
In the Nationals’ minor league system, Latos has made three starts for the club’s Gulf Coast League team as well as three for Syracuse. In aggregate, the right-hander has yielded six runs (four earned) on 20 hits and 10 walks with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings.
Latos will likely pitch out of a long relief role for the Nationals and can be used as starting rotation insurance as well.
Mark Buehrle hasn’t officially retired, but he hasn’t thrown a pitch in professional baseball since last October. Still, the Blue Jays wouldn’t mind having some insurance, so manager John Gibbons recently texted Buehrle, “You know, rosters expand in September,” Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Buehrle’s response? He texted back a picture of a lake. Sounds like he’s not interested in making a return, at least this year.
Last year, at the age of 36, Buehrle went 15-8 with a 3.81 ERA with a 91/33 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings while leading the league with four complete games. He fell 1 1/3 innings shy of a 15th consecutive 200-inning season. There are many worse ways to end a career.