MILWAUKEE -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox have extended a contract offer to free agent David Ortiz. The proposal comes just days after Sox general manager Ben Cherington expressed a desire to keep the designated hitter in the organization.
"We have had a lot of dialogue with David and his agents," Cherington said. "Because of what I feel, and I think he feels, is a little bit more of a defined market for that role it's been easier to engage sooner. It's probably less likely to be a situation where he gets into the market and there's something that he's pushed into a corner on. David knows we want him to be here. We want him to be back with the Red Sox. We want him in our lineup. We've had a lot of dialogue to see if there's a way to do that, and I think that will continue."
Ortiz told the Boston Herald while visiting the Animal Rescue League on Tremont Street that he would allow the Red Sox to match any offers he received from other teams.
"I’m not in a rush," he said. "This is the offseason. I know I’m going to be somewhere next year — hopefully it’s here. But like I say, the faster things happen, the more important it is for you to know where you’re going to be. There are a lot of teams out there that need players.
"The whole situation I’m in, a lot of teams in the American League need players like myself, and of course they’re going to try to chase me. Hopefully, the Red Sox get it done."
It was expected that the Red Sox would meet with Ortiz' agent, Fern Cuza, during the general managers meetings at the Pfister Hotel.
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