Cherington, David Ortiz's agent talking

December, 1, 2011

BOSTON -- While Red Sox free-agent slugger David Ortiz is in the Dominican Republic preparing for his annual charity golf tournament, Boston general manager Ben Cherington and Ortiz's agent continue to talk about the designated hitter's future with the organization.

Cherington and Fern Cuza, Ortiz's agent, are planning to meet next week during baseball's winter meetings in Dallas.

The Red Sox offered Ortiz arbitration on Nov. 23 and he has until Dec. 7 to either accept or decline it.

"We offered him arbitration and that's significant because he has a decision to make on that on Wednesday if we don't reach an agreement before then," Cherington said. "We had continued good dialogue."

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, clubs retain the right to negotiate and/or enter into a contract agreement with any of their free agents, regardless of whether arbitration was offered. There are no deadlines for such negotiations or agreements.

If Ortiz, a Type A free agent, were to sign a deal elsewhere, the Red Sox would receive two draft picks as compensation. That scenario could give other teams pause about signing the designated hitter and having to yield a first-round pick.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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