David Ortiz told WEEI.com on Thursday that he was surprised the Red Sox allowed him to become a free agent, and that they've yet to make an offer to the veteran designated hitter.
"I was expecting something would happen before (the exclusive negotiating period ran out), but so many things are going on," said Ortiz. "I know everybody has priorities, and to be honest with you, I thought I was one of them."
General manager Ben Cherington said earlier in the week that he has been in talks with Ortiz's representatives, but did not expect to close a deal with Ortiz before the end of the exclusive negotiating period.
"I think we expected that 12:01 would probably arrive without them (Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon) being signed here," said Cherington. "I dont know that it changes much. Well continue the dialogue and plan to talk to David again soon. Talked to Paps agent once earlier in the week, probably again tomorrow or the next day. Just keep in touch. I wouldnt expect any closure on any of those guys any time soon."
For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.
Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game.
David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division.
They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.
Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.
Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.
Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.
Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.