David Ortiz told WEEI.com Thursday that to his knowledge the Red Sox have yet to make an offer to him. The designated hitter officially became a free agent at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, with the Sox' exclusive negotiating period -- extending five days after the completion of the World Series -- ending without a deal.
"I was expecting something would happen before (the exclusive negotiating period ran out), but so many things are going on," Ortiz said. "I know everybody has priorities, and to be honest with you, I thought I was one of them.
"I guess when it comes down to this situation, they would like to see what they're going to hear out there because I've seen that happen before here with some other players. Players who have been here for a long time, they want to know what their value is in the market. Like I said, I'm not familiar with the situation."
Ortiz is letting his agent, Fern Cuza, handle all negotiations, allowing the DH to only have to worry about potential offers. As of Thursday afternoon, the 35-year-old hadn't heard from his agent since free agency began earlier in the day.
"Time will tell," he said. "I'm so used to knowing where I'm going to be the following year, but now seeing things go this way … To be honest with you, it doesn't matter where I go, I'm just going to try to be the same and do what I normally do. WOrkout the way a lot of people expect. I'll just have to listen to somebody else. The good thing is that it's not me who is doing the listening. My agent is doing the listening. They just pass on the word."
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said this week that he has been in communication with Ortiz's representatives, but didn't expect a deal to get done prior to the end of the exclusive negotiating period.
"I think we expected that 12:01 would probably arrive without them being signed here. I don’t know that it changes much," said Cherington of the Sox' two big-name free agents, Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon. "We’ll continue the dialogue and plan to talk to David again soon. Talked to Pap’s agent once earlier in the week, probably again tomorrow or the next day. Just keep in touch. I wouldn’t expect any closure on any of those guys any time soon."
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FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Chandler Jones after the Pats moved to 10-0. Plus a special brief appearance by Damion Easley.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
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LB came in the studio in between segments, and got Christian in a funny mood. His abilities to pronounced foreign names was put to the test. For the most part, he failed.
Before Monday night's game against the Patriots, Rex Ryan invited Ray Lewis to give the Bills a pregame "pump-up" speech.
Glenn and Christian kick off the show playing some of the audio of Christian's call to a Vegan hotline last year around this time, and then the conversation turned to the importance of a 16-0 season now that big injuries have decimated the skill positions.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry speak to Peter King of MMQB/SI.
Mikey, Mut and Villani are talking about the NFL's version of a run-on sentence, Ray Lewis. More specifically his comments regarding Bill Belichick, Rex Ryan, Tom Brady, and Cam Newton.
Buck and Soog talk about Ronda Rousey's loss, the state of the UFC and favorite things about Thanksgiving.
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