It’s official, the Red Sox have signed David Ortiz to a two-year contract. There will be a press conference at Fenway Park at 4 p.m.
The breakdown of his deal is a base salary of $14 million in 2013, a $1 million signing bonus and a base salary of $11 million in 2014. He can add $4 million in incentives
Also . . .
— The Red Sox will not bring head physical therapist Mike Reinold back for 2013, although he could serve as a consultant. He had been with the team since 2006 in assorted roles and was the head athletic trainer from 2010-2011. He also was the assistant director of medical services when that title existed.
Reinold is considered one of the best in his field. But the Red Sox have had a remarkable run of injuries in recent years. Reinold also had what at times seemed like undue influence on determining when injured players could return to the lineup.
— The Red Sox interviewed respected scout and long-time minor league manager Tom Kotchman last week. Kotchman left the Angels after 29 years and has spoken to a number of teams. He is the father of major league first baseman Casey Kotchman.
The Red Sox hired long-time Angels executive Eddie Bane as a personnel adviser last week, which could give them an edge in adding Kotchman to the staff.
— Gordon Edes of ESPN/Boston reports that Orioles minor league pitching coordinator Rick Peterson has emerged as the leading candidate to become pitching coach of the Sox. The Sox also interviewed Juan Nieves (White Sox bullpen coach) and Randy St. Claire (former Marlins pitching coach).
Peterson is an interesting guy. His father, Pete Peterson, is a former general manager of the Pirates and Yankees. Rick never pitched in the majors after being drafted by the Pirates in 1976. He started coaching in 1979 and is considered an innovator in the field of biomechanics.
Peterson has been the pitching coach of the Athletics, Mets and Brewers in his career. He also coached John Farrell in the minors when both were with Cleveland.
This much would be true: Peterson would be the first pitching coach in team history with a college degree in art and philosophy.
— Bryce Brentz was 0 for 3 with a walk and Michael Almanzar was 0 for 2 and struck out twice in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game over the weekend.
Check back later for more after the press conference.