posted at 10/3/2012 6:05 PM EDT
In response to TrotterNixon's comment:
It's hard to prove what another team offers.
You can't grasp the obvious. The Red Sox hold the money. They don't have to prove anything. "It's hard to prove what another team offers"? Hard for whom?
It works like the poster correctly stated. You tell Ortiz's agent that they will tack on a 25% increase to the base of any written offer sheet he receives from another team. No team will pay market base for two years, removed from a one year market a year ago.
Frankly, even though Ortiz has produced every year, his recent injury and age put him in the good ole boy bargaining painted in a corner. Since he's black, there is no way management can sell most Red Sox fans on a good ole boy contract. Thus, he'll have to rely on ownership, who has been sensitive to what Ortiz has done for the Red Sox brand. He's earned his golden parachute, but there is no need to incompetently bid against themselves.
Ortiz's base market value is no more than one year and 5 to 8M, with 8M highly unlikely. Assuming Ortiz passes athletic fitness workout and medical record scrutiny (need to look at his medical records and how he has looked in the most recent workouts he's been doing), the Red Sox should take the inflated 8M and tack on a 25% premium to budget for his contract negotiations. They then should wait to see what the agent produces. They can add a team option at 5M for a second year and throw in a gold watch 1.5M buyout.
Ortiz and a second year is likely to be a huge embarrassment where you get into the release that Wakefield and Varitek should have been given but weren't for reasons that had nothing to do with performance. On a one year deal, at least if he washes up they can simply use the DL to limp along and do the retirement ending as needed.
Given this recent injury, unless he looks baseball swing fit during workouts, I would not offer anything more than a retirement deal that is off the CBA books. If he look baseball swing fit, it's an easy call on how to handle the contract market and negotiations. Cherry will need a booster seat to handle this one.
[/QUOTE] 36 going on 42 with a bad heel ???? This is a no brainer.... Papi can throw out the 1st ball next spring to kick off the next 100 years !!!! "YOU GO, TROTTER" !!!!