According to a baseball source, the incentives in David Ortiz's two-year contract are based on the amount of time the designated hitter spends on the disabled list specifically due to the right Achilles tendon injury that limited him to 90 games in 2012.
The two-year, $26 million deal he just finalized calls for Ortiz to make $15 million in 2013 with a base salary of $11 million in 2014. If Ortiz spends 20 or fewer days on the disabled list due to the Achilles in 2013, the 36-year-old sees his 2014 salary bump up to $15 million. If he misses 21-40 days in 2013 due to the Achilles condition, his 2014 salary would increase to $13 million. If he is on the DL for 41 or more days in 2013 due to the injury, then his 2014 salary would remain at $11 million.
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In a press conference to announce David Ortiz' two-year deal, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that the team's knowledge of Ortiz' Achilles injury and the lack of major injury history made the team comfortable with giving him a multiyear pact.
"As with any player, you've got to get to the bottom of the health and figure out what sort of risk is involved there, but our benefit is that we know David so well," Cherington said. "No. 1, we know how hard he's going to work to put himself in the best position to play and be healthy. Since we worked with him so well, we know what happened with the Achilles this year, and we feel in working with David to identify some things that we can do proactively to help him, and he's feeling a lot better now.
"It's not a concern moving forward any more than it would be for any player. As we approached this, we looked at the body of work, the track record, and he's been incredibly...
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz said Monday that he knew the team was going to give him the multi-year deal he had been seeking when his last contract expired. Ortiz said the front office communicated well with him this season, making him "more confident walking into the offseason knowing that I was going to be back."
"I don't think there was any doubt," Ortiz said when asked about getting two years. "They approached me pretty well. Our negotiations this year were easier than ever. They knew what they were looking for. … It wasn't even a going back and forth type of situation. It was pretty much 'this is it' and I agreed with it."
Ortiz also said that the right achilles tendon injury that kept him out through the end of last season is doing better.
"It's good," he said. "I'm moving forward pretty good. I already started doing leg exercises and stuff, and I'm feeling good."...
The Red Sox officially announced David Ortiz' two-year extension on Monday. The deal is worth $26 million and could reach $30 million if Ortiz reaches all of his incentives.
“David Ortiz has made immeasurable contributions to the Red Sox for the past decade,” general manager Ben Cherington said in the release. “He is an historic figure, a beloved hero, and an important player as we build our team for 2013 and beyond.”
In 90 games last season, Ortiz hit .318/.415/.611 with 23 homers and 60 RBI. He led the Red Sox in batting average.
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WALTHAM -- After watching the Wizards bench outscore the Celtics reserves 62-27 Saturday night in Boston's nail-biting 89-86 win in Washington, one of the key Celtics reserves admitted his frustration and said the second unit is doing everything it can to improve.
"We're not even close to where we want to be," said Terry, who scored eight points in 18 minutes off the bench Saturday. "It's a work in progress. I'm going to stay optimistic. I'm going to score. I'm going to figure it out. Believe me when I tell you, I'm going to continue to shoot the ball and I'm going to take advantage of every opportunity."
Terry was just 2-for-8 from the floor on Saturday and is averaging 8.7 points in 25 minutes a game off the Boston bench in the first three games.
"That's frustrating," Terry said of Boston's bench production. "But again, I take that squarely upon my shoulders and this is a new week. I'm...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the upcoming Red Sox season. Michael Irvin is being investigated for sexual assault, again. Renee Graham, from the Globe, thinks Michael Che is right about Boston being racist.
Hour 3. Trenni battles Gerry on immigration. Joe Mixon’s future is discussed. Curtis will get a second chance at music trivia on Friday.
Hour 2. Trenni, Gerry, and Kirk discuss Joe Mixon’s draft chances. A horrible hazing story from Texas is the topic in headlines. Keefe responded to Kirk (kind of).
HOUR 4 - The guys talked about Tuukka's rebound game last night against the Predators, Glenn had a squirrel moment when ESPN started talking about Joe Mixon, Tom Brady was compared to Kobe Bryant, and Holley says the Celtics can win the title.
HOUR 3 - Did Butler's camp screw up Butler's situation? Glenn exposes one of Fauria's verbal crutches. The guys try to come up with some new podcast names and ideas.
HOUR 2 - Fauria struggles to read the "Trending Now." Dave Dombrowski is getting defensive about the fact that all his free agent pitching acquisitions are getting injured. Hanley forgets which shoulder he hurt 2 years ago. Lou loses it when John Farrell makes up some new baseball lingo.
The NFL commissioner is claiming that he will attend the opener at Gilette Stadium next fall... does this put Deflategate to bed finally? Or will Roger find a way to duck out of his verbal commitment?
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the Patriots off-season and it becomes a conversation about longevity for Brady and Belichick, and which will be around longer for this team.
Dale, Michael and Rich discuss our guest Michael Irvin being implicated in a sexual assault case - important to note that details are scarce at this time and no charges have been filed to this point.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have the Tuesday & Wednesday recap from the K&C show, including Kirk's epic rant at Dale & Holley with Keefe.
Rich Keefe is joined by Dale Arnold and Ben Kichen to preview WrestleMania 33. Is it a good card? What will be the best match? Plus Ryan Davey is in for "This Week in #DORK" with a look a couple new trailers and the always great "Black Panther Reads #DORK iTunes Reviews."
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
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