The gap between what David Ortiz wants and what the Red Sox have offered could close fast and furious in the coming hours and days. But for now, it's "not very close," according to a major league source.
It had been reported that the Red Sox and Ortiz were closing in on a new deal that would keep him in Boston for the next two seasons. What appeared to be holding up the deal was the money, but it didn’t seem like it would prevent a new contract from being signed.
The Red Sox are expected to make a $13.3 million qualifying offer to Ortiz in order to ensure they’ll receive a draft pick if he signs elsewhere. Big Papi seeks a two-year deal with an annual salary close to the $14.75 million he made in 2012.
While Ortiz has proven to still be a potent and productive hitter, he is on the wrong side of 35. This, along with the Red Sox struggles of last season, beg the question of whether or not it’s wise for such a team to invest this much money over two seasons into an aging veteran.