Free-agent designated hitter David Ortiz is seeking a three-year contract, according to the Boston Herald.
There is reportedly mutual interest in bringing the 36-year-old slugger back to the Red Sox, a team for which he has been considered an integral part since the club acquired him in 2003. According to the Boston Herald, both sides have agreed to let Ortiz test the free-agent market to see what other offers he is able to find, however it is believed that the Red Sox will be given the opportunity by Ortiz to match any deal.
The Red Sox have also offered Ortiz arbitration. If the slugger were to accept he would likely get a raise on his 2011 salary of $12.5 million, however such a deal would only hold a term of one year. Boston’s arbitration offer also makes Ortiz a more expensive option for other team’s that may want to acquire his services, because if another team were to sign him they would likely be required to supply a compensation pick back to the Red Sox. Ortiz had a bounce-back year in 2011 by hitting .309/.398/.554 with 29 home runs and 96 RBI. His best year came in 2006 when he hit .287/.413/.636 with a league leading 54 home runs and 137 RBI.