When the Red Sox decided to pick up David Ortiz’s $12.5 million option on Nov. 4, the concern was that the big slugger would be offended the team didn’t grant him the multi-year deal he desired.
Here we are, nearly two months later, and the concern should be whether Ortiz injures himself doing his Happy Dance every morning.
Outside of 31-year-old Adam Dunn, who received four years and $56 million from the White Sox, designated hitters are being kicked to the curb this winter.
Jack Cust ($2.5 million) and Hideki Matsui ($4.25 million) received one-year deals from the Mariners and Athletics, respectively. The unsigned DH types include:
The Rangers, Twins and Angels could use DHs. But with the market so loaded, they can accord to parcel out one-year offers for short money. The smart play by a GM would be to offer Guerrero and Thome one-year and $5 million and say first-come, first-served.
David told me last month that he was fine with his deal and I got a sense that somebody had explained to him just how fortunate he was to get that option picked up. The Red Sox very easily could have offered him $5 million and used the remaining $7.5 million for other needs.
Even had Ortiz walked, the Red Sox would have had Mike Cameron to slide into that spot, something he probably will do a lot anyway.
In the end, that $12.5 million proved to be a very good deal for Ortiz. By the time players report to spring training, it could look even better.