According to ESPN Boston, the Red Sox and David Ortiz have already had some informal contract discussions, but things will get serious "some point next week."
From Hardball Talk:
For his part Ortiz has said he wants to a multi-year deal, but for a 37-year-old who missed nearly the entire second half with an Achilles tendon injury that seems like a stretch. When healthy Ortiz was still an elite hitter, batting .318 with 23 homers in 90 games while topping a 1.000 OPS for the first time since 2007, but he also wanted a multi-year deal last offseason before accepting arbitration and settling for a one-year, 14.575 million contract.
Back then he was a 36-year-old designated hitter coming off a .953 OPS in 146 games. Now hell be a 37-year-old designated hitter coming off a 1.026 OPS in 90 games.
And consider this: Ortiz's Achilles is still being worked on. WEEI reported Tuesday that he underwent ultrasound treatments on the injured tendon on Monday. He will be in a boot for the next 7-10 days and sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
Last season was the first since 2001 in which Ortiz failed to play 100 games.