Cross another potential Red Sox DH off the list.

The Yankees on Sunday agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal with veteran slugger Matt Holliday, according to multiple published reports.

Matt Holliday

Matt Holliday

Cross another potential Red Sox DH off the list.

The Yankees on Sunday agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal with veteran slugger Matt Holliday, according to multiple published reports.

Holliday, who turns 37 next month, hit .246 with 20 homers last year for the Cardinals, who did not pick up his $17 million option.

The 13-year vet is a lifetime .305 hitter with 295 home runs. With fellow veteran Carlos Beltran agreeing a day earlier to a one-year contract with the Astros, the Red Sox are now looking at a slim market for DH types.

Old friend Mike Napoli is one option, along with Pedro Alvarez, who slugged .504 with 22 homers for the Orioles last year.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Cross Carlos Beltran off the list of potential Red Sox designated hitters.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Beltran has agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal with the Astros that includes a full no-trade clause.

Cross Carlos Beltran off the list of potential Red Sox designated hitters.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Beltran has agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal with the Astros that includes a full no-trade clause.

Beltran, who turns 40 in April, hit .295 with an .850 OPS last year. The switch hitter was considered a potential one-year stopgap at DH for the Red Sox, who may now turn their attention to former Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — While the Red Sox’ focus these days remain on finding a replacement for David Ortiz and an eighth-inning relief pitcher, according to the former Red Sox designated hitter there should be something else on the organization’s radar.

Don’t forget about saving some money for Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

“They are baseball,” said Ortiz of the trio when speaking at his celebrity golf tournament Friday. “In a heartbeat, I would sit down to talk to those kids. The most important about them is that they have that work ethic as a younger player. That’s something that to me, they have unbelievable value. These kids, they come to the field and it’s straight business. Me, as a veteran player, knowing how you come from the bottom to the top, it’s something that to me is extremely important. Those are the players you he want on your ball club. Young, talented, with that mentality, that’s on another level. I know that at some point, the red sox will have to sit down with them, with Jackie, even my main who played left field [Andrew Benintendi] that has a couple of days in the big leagues, they’re going to sit down with all those kids because they are what people want. I want to come the field every day to see what they can do.”

For more of Ortiz’s comments from the event, which annually raises money for the slugger’s foundation, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — David Ortiz understands that it’s not just as simple as picking his replacement and signing him. But that doesn’t mean he can offer his recommendations.

Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and David Ortiz all are participating in the Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic this weekend. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports)

Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and David Ortiz all are participating in the Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic this weekend. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports)

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — David Ortiz understands that it’s not just as simple as picking his replacement and signing him. But that doesn’t mean he can offer his recommendations.

Talking at his annual celebrity golf outing, Ortiz reiterated what he said about free agent Edwin Encarnacion, first in April, and then at the All-Star Game: the Blue Jays slugger would be the perfect fit on this Red Sox roster.

“You know what though, the reality is, the way baseball is right now, when you have a guy like Edwin doing what he does, he can ask for whatever he wants,” Ortiz said Friday afternoon. “Not everybody is hitting 40 bombs in the big leagues and doing all the damage that he’s doing. So if you’re going to recruit a guy like him, you know you’ve got to bring that money in. [Carlos] Beltran is another good choice, but you know that Beltran is probably going to want to play a couple of more years. Veteran wise, a guy that cares and really wants to win, I know he’s another choice. It all depends the shape the organization is in.

“It’s easier to demand and say things from this standpoint but you need to know how much the organization has to spend, how many year they want to give away. We have a good group of guys out there, you’re going to have to sit down and talk to them about long term. You know what I’m saying? We have four or five guys, you’re definitely going to have to sit down and chat with them about 100 million dollars. Let’s not put pressure just on the Red Sox. You know there’s a lot of things we need to take care of.”

The likelihood of Encarnacion doesn’t seem strong, especially after a source told WEEI.com this week the Red Sox would “probably” not be one of the righty hitter’s finalists when it came to picking his next destination.

But Ortiz wants to make it clear that if there were any concerns that the 33-year-old Encarnacion wouldn’t be able to produce for the life of whatever deal he gets, those should go out the window.

“Edwin, he knows the American league,” Ortiz said. “He knows that this division is a tough division to play in and what he does is guaranteed. It’s scary to think what he can do. same with [Jose] Bautista. Bautista’s average year where he deals with a lot of injuries which is not something you see often but he’s a guy who has been healthy pretty much his whole career. That’s a guy [in Encarnacion] I wouldn’t doubt about to think what he’s capable of. It’s up to the organization what they feel comfortable doing.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — How could you tell David Ortiz has been immersed in his annual celebrity golf tournament to raise money for the former designated hitter’s foundation? He hadn’t heard the news about Rob Gronkowski.

David Ortiz talks Friday from his celebrity golf tournament. (WEEI.com)

David Ortiz talks Friday from his celebrity golf tournament. (WEEI.com)

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — How could you tell David Ortiz has been immersed in his annual celebrity golf tournament to raise money for the former designated hitter’s foundation? He hadn’t heard the news about Rob Gronkowski.

“That’s not good,” said Ortiz when informed of Gronkowski’s back surgery. “Actually, you know what, yesterday I was going through my [phone] and I saw like three photos of him and I just look at it. I received a phone call when I was looking at it, and I never got to read anything.”

But Ortiz had been caught up on some other notable events, such as the presidential election, (“Who didn’t follow all that? Taxes are going to be good, for sure,”) and the series of tweets from Justin Verlander’s fiance, Kate Upton, after Rick Porcello beat her significant other in the American League Cy Young race, (“Seriously. Damn! You know, you can’t just have people hating you because of somebody else. You know what I’m saying? Like, man, I don’t know how they’re going to play it out next year, but I don’t think that many things are going to go in your favor.”)

As for Ortiz’s foundation, which the annual event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for, that was clearly the host’s priority.

“I’ve been busy. I’ve been doing so many things. That’s me. I’m always doing things here and there. This event, it’s a big event so I want to make sure everybody is happy. The most important thing is these kids,” he said.

“The one thing I want to do with all you is bring you guys to the hospital to see what we do for real. I went to the hospital two days ago, and trust me, every time I walk into the hospital it’s like a new experience. We have so many kids going through situations. The heart don’t play around. You have to make sure everything is OK, and that’s what we do here. It’s like a challenge for me every year, and a motivation at the same time because there’s people who really need what we do. I’m up to the challenge, I’m going to tell you. You guys know me.”

There were other more Red Sox-centric baseball matters that Ortiz did discuss Friday.

ON THE POSSIBILITY OF PLAYING IF RED SOX OFFERED HUGE, ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

“To what? To talk [expletive]?”

ON IF HE WAS SURPRISED THE RED SOX DIDN’T OFFER HIM ANOTHER DEAL?

“No, not really, because I made myself clear, you know? It’s not about the money. It’s how you feel. I’m old, man.”

ON HOW HE FEELS PHYSICALLY

“Well, when I’m not doing all the running and all the crazy stuff that I do, inflammation starts going away, starts feeling better than usual. But the training and everything it takes to get prepared to play a season is when things get complicated. I’m done with it, man.”

ON IF HE IS GOING TO SPRING TRAINING

“I don’t know yet. Probably. I don’t know. I’m into so many things right now that I don’t know if I’m gonna be there. I don’t have it on my schedule right now but who knows, sometimes I can get bored at some point and show up for a couple of days, who knows?”

ON IF HE HAS IDENTIFIED A JOB HE WILL BE DOING WITH THE RED SOX

“Not yet. [Dave Dombrowski] approached me the other day. He asked me whenever I’m ready for it they’re down with it. The Red Sox always want me to part of the organization and some point I definitely will because you guys know I love that organization. That organization is part of what I am, and I’m always going to want the best for the organization. It will come at some point.”

ON HANLEY RAMIREZ PLAYING BOTH FIRST BASE AND DESIGNATED HITTER

“I think it’ll be good to have him playing both sides of it. Give him some days off with the DH and playing at first base. He did a great job last year at first.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Hanley Ramirez would seem to have plenty of opportunities over the weekend to make a pitch to potential Red Sox free agent targets.