Report: Ortiz drawing 'serious interest' from teams


Report: Ortiz drawing 'serious interest' from teams

According to the Boston Herald, David Ortiz is drawing "serious interest" from at least one team other than the Red Sox, and has received "more than one offer" on the free-agent market.

"He has lots of options," an industry source told the Herald's Michael Silverman.

Ortiz, 36, has been Boston's primary designated hitter since 2003. He hit .309.398.554 with 29 home runs last season.

Ortiz has had strong offensive numbers with very limited defensive experience, so it is most likely that he will sign with one of the 14 American League clubs that can use a designated hitter.

Because the Red Sox offered him arbitration before the deadline last week, they will receive two compensatory draft picks if Ortiz signs elsewhere.

If he accepts arbitration, Ortiz would play for Boston on a one-year deal with a likely raise from his 12.5 million salary in 2011.

McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff


McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

BOSTON -- If you think John Farrell's decision to hit Jackie Bradley Jr. leadoff for one night is the reason Bradley's 29-game hit streak came to an end, I've got some swamp land you might be interested in buying.

Such silly talk first surfaced mid-afternoon when the lineup was announced. With Mookie Betts getting his first day off this season, somebody had to hit leadoff. Farrell went with the guy who was leading the league in hitting.

That sounds reasonable. But not to some, who cried that putting Bradley at the top was (take your pick) disrupting Bradley's routine, putting him in a place with which he wasn't familiar, or asking him to change his approach.

Of course, none of those made much sense.

First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.

As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley's major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.

Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?

Finally, Bradley hit two balls on the screws -- one to the warning track in right, just in front of the bullpen in his first at-bat and another in front of the center field door, some 400 or so feet away, in his third.

Streaks come to an end, even when hitters belt the ball hard. Twice.