Report: Ortiz Getting ‘Serious Interest’ From Other Teams
BOSTON (CBS) – David Ortiz is getting some love on the free agent market.
The designated hitter is receiving “serious interest” from more than one team, an industry source told the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman on Monday.
“He has lots of options,” said the source.
The Red Sox have negotiated with Ortiz, and did offer him arbitration last week. There is no word if Ortiz would accept arbitration, in effect signing a one-year deal for a little more than the $12.5 million he made in 2010.
If Ortiz were to sign elsewhere, Boston would be compensated with the team’s first round draft pick. Ortiz has said he would like to return to Boston, and will give the Red Sox a chance to counter any offer he gets.
A staple with the Sox since 2003, Ortiz hit .309 with 29 home runs and 96 RBI in 2011.
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Possible suitors for Ortiz include the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays.
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