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Ortiz, Red Sox talking one-year extension
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz jokes around with a videographer before batting practice during spring training Friday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
A source confirmed a WEEI.com report that the sides have opened discussions. Ortiz and his agent, Fernando Cuza, met with members of ownership as well as the front office.
And if the Red Sox really want to nip this in the bud, they could give him a straight two-year extension that would take him to age 40.
“As you guys know, we prefer not to talk about these things or to get into details of those talks publicly,” Cherington said. “David’s a very important guy. We all know that. Certain guys earn the right to have a hearing and the conversation. He’s certainly one of them.”
The Red Sox signed left-hander Chris Capuano to a one-year deal, according to a big league source, filling the veteran depth role created by the departure of Ryan Dempster.
Capuano, 35, will receive a $2.25 million base salary, with incentives that could push the deal to $5 million, pending a physical. He is a West Springfield native.
High hopes for Will
This clearly is a big season for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who has gained 12 pounds after an offseason of weight and flexibility training.
“His career start is not unlike a lot of guys that go onto really good major league careers. His first 600 plate appearances or whatever, there’s a lot of power. He’s proven he can play third base. He’s certainly not a finished product, and he knows that. But the arrow’s pointing up in our estimation.”
Jake Peavy took the mound for the first time this spring following a minor finger injury that had limited him to flat-ground work. . . .
Ownership addressed the team before Thursday’s workout, focusing not on the World Series that was just won, but the work ahead.