Ortiz and Sox hope to bridge gap

As we posted yesterday, the Red Sox and David Ortiz have a ways to go before an agreement can be reached on a new deal for the 36-year-old DH.

Talks are ongoing and proposals have been exchanged, according to a major league source. The sides would love to reach agreement before tomorrow when the Red Sox will likely make a qualifying offer of $13.3 million before 5 p.m. just to protect themselves in case Ortiz signs elsewhere. The Sox would then receive a draft pick at the end of the first round.

But while the preference is to get a deal done sooner rather than later, the sides just want to reach an agreement that’s of mutual benefit. Ortiz would have until Nov. 9 to decide on the qualifying offer. Since he earned $14.75 million this season he would likely reject it.

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