It Appears Big Papi Staying in Boston

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By JIMMY GOLEN  AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) _ A baseball official with knowledge of the
negotiations says the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $26 million,
two-year contract with designated hitter David Ortiz.
Bonuses could raise the total to $30 million, the official said
Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal had not
been signed.

Ortiz was a free agent and able to discuss money with all teams
at midnight. The Red Sox made him a $13.3 million qualifying offer,
but the sides continued negotiating and reached an agreement a few
hours later.

Ortiz batted .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBIs while missing
almost half the season due to a strained right Achilles tendon.
AP Sports Writer Howard Ulman contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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