NEW YORK — Boston designated hitter David Ortiz and the New York Yankees’ trio of Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda and Rafael Soriano are among nine free agents who have received $13.3 million qualifying offers.
Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, Tampa Bay outfielder B.J. Upton, Atlanta outfielder Michael Bourne, Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche and St. Louis pitcher Kyle Lohse also got the offers on Friday.
Players have until Nov. 9 to accept the one-year contracts. If a player turns the offer down and signs elsewhere, his former team would receive an extra selection immediately following the end of the first round of next June’s amateur draft.
Other reports surfaced Friday saying the Red Sox and Ortiz have agreed to a two-year deal worth $26 million that could allow one of the breakout stars of the franchise’s cathartic 2004 World Series victory to retire in a Boston uniform.
A baseball official with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday night that the deal, with incentive bonuses, could bring Ortiz as much as $30 million in the 2013 and ’14 seasons. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been signed.
In other news, the Chicago Cubs told closer Carlos Marmol the proposed trade to send him to the Los Angeles Angels for pitcher Dan Haren has fallen apart, a person familiar with the negotiations told The AP.
The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the trade wasn’t completed.