Ortiz: Working on multiyear deal with Sox

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Ortiz: Working on multiyear deal with Sox

Maybe David Ortiz and the Red Sox won't get to arbitration, after all.

Ortiz is the last unsigned Sox who's eligible for salary arbitration, but he told mlb.com that his representatives are working on a multiyear contract with the Red Sox and he's hopeful a deal will be struck.

"We are working on that right now," Ortiz said. "Hopefully, we will get to an agreement so we don't have to go in front of the judge."

You'd think the Red Sox would be unlikely to offer a multiyear contract to their 36-year-old designated hitter -- if they wanted to go in that direction, they could have done so last summer -- but they could be discussing one year plus an option, with vesting options that would guarantee the contract after a certain level of production.

Then there's matter of salary. Ortiz filed at 16.5 million, which is a lot -- as in, A Lot -- of money for a DH. (Especially an elderly one, in baseball years at least.) The Sox countered at 12.5 million, which is still high in today's designated hitter market. A midpoint agreement seems unlikely, so it's also possible the Sox are offering more years if Ortiz is willing to take less money.

First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

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First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

First impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

1) David Price pitched in the truest sense

Price wasn't necessarily overpowering with only six strikeouts in eight innings, but he succeeded in keeping the ball down in the zone, resulting in a ton of groundouts.

In eight innings, the Angels produced just two flouts to the outfield, both of them routine.

Otherwise, Price deftly mixed his changeup, slider and two-seamer to produce ground balls. His location was more precise and he induced weak contact in at-bat after at-bat.

 

2) The danger of a closer like Brad Ziegler was on display

The throwing error by Hanley Ramirez resulted in two runs scoring but Ziegler allowed three base hits to set the stage.

Ziegler doesn't get a lot of swing-and-miss with his sinker; what he gets is a lot of balls put in play. When things are going well, that results in groundouts; when they're not, it means baserunners and strange things happening.

As inconsistent as Craig Kimbrel has been in some non-save situations, he at least has the ability to record strikeouts and keep balls out of play.  That's not the case with Zieger, as the Red Sox learned the hard way in Anaheim Thursday night.

3) The Red Sox wisely took advantage of Jered Weaver on the bases

Weaver's high leg kick and reliance on off-speed pitches make for a slow delivery time to the plate. Dustin Pedroia would have easily stole second in the first but made the mistake of going into his slide too far ahead of the bag, and though initially ruled safe, was deemed out after a replay challenge.

In the sixth, Xander Bogaerts, was more successful in his stolen base. Neither steal led to a run, but the Sox did put some additional pressure on Weaver