BOSTON – The Red Sox have agreed to terms with designated hitter David Ortiz on a two-year deal worth $26 million.
A baseball official with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday night that the sides reached agreement on a deal that, with incentive bonuses, could bring Ortiz as much as $30 million in the 2013 and ’14 seasons. The official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been signed.
Red Sox President Larry Lucchino said the team had nothing to announce. Ortiz’ agent, Fern Cuza, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Speaking at the Celtics’ home opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, Ortiz said, “We haven’t finished it up yet.”
“It’s coming,” he said as he walked back to his courtside seat at the TD Garden “It’s coming.”
But fans who had heard about the deal were already shouting their congratulations to the player beloved in Boston as “Big Papi.” The crowd cheered when he was shown on the scoreboard at the end of the third quarter, and he acknowledged the support by raising his left arm straight up.
Boston did not make qualifying offers to right-handers Aaron Cook, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Vicente Padilla; first baseman James Loney; and outfielders Scott Podsednik and Cody Ross.
FREE AGENTS: The New York Yankees’ trio of Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda and Rafael Soriano were among nine free agents who received $13.3 million qualifying offers.
Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, Tampa Bay outfielder B.J. Upton, Atlanta outfielder Michael Bourne, Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche and St. Louis pitcher Kyle Lohse also got the offers Friday, as did Ortiz prior to an agreement on a two-year contract.
Players have until Nov. 9 to accept the one-year contracts. If a player turns the offer down and signs elsewhere, his former team would receive an extra selection immediately following the end of the first round of next June’s draft.
RANGERS: Texas didn’t make qualifying offers to All-Star catcher Mike Napoli and five other free agents.
General Manager Jon Daniels said there’s mutual interest in Napoli returning for a third season with Texas. Talks will continue with his agents, but the Rangers weren’t willing to commit $13.3 million to Napoli, who made $9.4 million this year when he hit .227 with 24 homers and 56 RBI in 108 games.
Texas didn’t make offers to right-handers Mike Adams, Scott Feldman, Mark Lowe, Yoshinori Tateyama and Koji Uehara.
TRADE: A person familiar with the deal said the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to trade pitcher Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs for closer Carlos Marmol.
Haren, a three-time All-Star from 2007-09, would be the second starting pitcher traded by the Angels in three days.
Los Angeles shipped Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for minor league left-hander Brandon Sisk.
DODGERS: Reliever Javy Guerra had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. Guerra will start throwing in six weeks and is expected to be ready by spring training.
BREWERS: Outfielder Nyjer Morgan and right-hander Kameron Loe declined their minor-league assignments and elected to become free agents.
ORIOLES: Second baseman Ryan Adams was suspended for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive for a banned amphetamine.
ASTROS: Houston unveiled new uniforms, getting rid of brick red and returning to the orange and navy blue used for most of the franchise’s existence.