I was expecting something would happen before [the exclusive negotiating period ran out], but so many things are going on. I know everybody has priorities, and to be honest with you, I thought I was one of them. ... I'm so used to knowing where I'm going to be the following year, but now seeing things go this way . . . To be honest with you, it doesn't matter where I go, I'm just going to try to be the same and do what I normally do. Workout the way a lot of people expect. I'll just have to listen to somebody else.
In 2011, Ortiz slapped down the people (like me) who thought he was at the end of his career. Tiz had his best season at the plate in four years: his highest batting, slugging, and on-base averages, as well as the most hits, doubles, and total bases since 2007. But he will celebrate his 36th birthday on November 18 - and some decline would not be unexpected.
The Red Sox probably have a very good idea what the AL DH market is and are content to have Ortiz see for himself what the landscape looks like before presenting an offer.
Ortiz earned $12.5 million last year, and is hoping for a three-year contract. Ideally, Ortiz and Cherington agree on a 2/25 deal. I'm not ready to say good-bye to the Big Cat.