David Ortiz smiled broadly when told that ESPNdeportes reported he had reached an agreeement on a four-year extension with the Red Sox, especially when told that it was for four years and $50m. "Sounds good,'' he said.
But it ain't true, he said. And he insisted he wasn't just playing the good soldier and not commenting because the club asked him not to, pending an official announcement.
The club, of course, is taking considerable pains to keep things under wraps. GM Theo Epstein did acknowledge that the sides have had "quiet discussions."