There is some baseball business to handle on Thanksgiving eve. Teams have until midnight to offer their free agents arbitration.
David Ortiz joins Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, C.J. Wilson, Roy Oswalt, Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins as the only remaining Type A free agents under the modifications made by MLB and the MLBPA.
So to receive two picks in return, the Red Sox would have to offer Ortiz arbitration. By doing so, you’re offering — at worst — a one-year deal at a salary decided by binding arbitration. Given that Ortiz made $12.5 million last season and had a good season, he would receive a raise.
The Red Sox might be happy to overpay Ortiz for one year (they were last year) and therefore could offer him arbitration. Ortiz would have the option of declining it. Then if he goes elsewhere, the Sox get two picks. The Sox are already getting two picks for Jonathan Papelbon.
The Red Sox have two Type B free agents — Dan Wheeler and Jason Varitek. It is very unlikely they will be offered arbitration as both would almost certainly accept and the Red Sox may not necessarily want them around in 2012.