As CSNNE pointed out earlier, by way of ESPN Boston, the Red Sox and David Ortiz have had some very informal contract discussions since the season ended, and plan on taking the negotiations up a notch at "some point next week."
However, through a variety of sources, Standing Room Only has obtained a transcript from one of those preliminary conversations:
Ortiz: Hey, Ben. Hope your off season's good, man. Listen, how about about a three-year deal for your old friend Papi?
Cherington: I'm sorry, David. We're just not in a position to make that kind of commitment.
Ortiz: Oh come on. It's me, Papi! Just gimme two years. What do you say?
Cherington: Umm . . . no.
Ortiz: Benny, man. You drive a hard bargain. I can tell we're making progress, though.
Cherington: Really? Does that mean you'll consider taking the one-year deal?
Ortiz: Ahh, you're funny, man. Too funny. I'll talk to you next week, man. We'll get this done.
Stay tuned as more information comes to light.
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Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.