Rangers' interest could drive up Papi's price for Red Sox

Rangers' interest could drive up Papi's price for Red Sox
November 2, 2012, 2:15 am
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Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Rangers are getting involved in the pursuit of Red Sox free-agent designated hitter David Ortiz, because Texas will have to replace some of the offense it presumably will lose with the departure of Josh Hamilton via free agency.

“The Red Sox still are considered the favorites to re-sign Ortiz, most likely to a two-year contract,” Rosenthal writes. “However, free agents can begin signing with new teams once the market opens at midnight Friday. The involvement of the Rangers, and possibly other clubs, likely has increased Ortiz’s leverage in his negotiations with the Red Sox.”

So even if Ortiz stays — and even though he missed about half of the season with an Achilles strain and is about to turn 37 — the slugger will cost the Red Sox more.

Anything that makes the Orioles’ division rivals spend more money can only be a good thing for them.