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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox need middle-of-the-order "thunder," in David Ortiz's words. Ortiz continues to endorse Edwin Encarnacion, but acknowledged Red Sox need to allocate enough money for long-term deals for Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, etc.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz isn't surprised Red Sox haven't tried to talk him into playing one more year. "I made myself clear. It's not about the money. It's how you feel. I'm old, man."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Jones doesn't blame David Ortiz for not being amused by Orioles' parting gift of broken telephone. "I really didn't like that either. I think we could've done a little bit more." Like what? "I would've got him a bushel of crabs. We did that for Jeter."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Not only will Rene Rivera not be non-tendered, he has a $1.75 million contract already signed for 2017, according to Jon Heyman. Rivera had been eligible for arbitration. With Rivera returning, a healthy Travis d'Arnaud could mean Kevin Plawecki opening the season at Las Vegas.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Could Carlos Beltran be primed to have David Ortiz-like success at age 40 in 2017? "I think he is," CC Sabathia said. "He works hard, he's in great shape and takes care of his body, so I think he is."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees' CC Sabathia sees Carlos Beltran "all the time." Their wives are close; Beltran lives in NY. "I would love for him to come back," Sabathia said. Beltran is top target of both Yanks and Red Sox.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Hanley Ramirez says he didn't come to David Ortiz's charity golf tournament with intention of recruiting Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Bautista to Red Sox. "I won't talk about baseball. I can wish them good luck to go where they think they can win a championship."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mariners OF/DH Nelson Cruz on baseball's new labor agreement: "We got what we're looking for." Like many Latino players, Cruz didn't want anything to do with an international draft. Cruz was among players who took part in the negotiations.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacob deGrom says the Mets have not approached him about a contract extension. DeGrom is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. DeGrom is projected to earn $4.225 million.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The non-tender deadline is today, but the Mets are not expected to have any activity. They've already discarded the players they intended to remove from the 40-man roster.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Hanley Ramirez is hoping Red Sox will allow him to play a few games in winter ball in preparation for playing for Dominican Republic in World Baseball Classic.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacob deGrom says he can tell he is better after surgery that moved the ulnar nerve in his pitching elbow because he does not have discomfort when he snaps his fingers like pre-surgery.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox won't tender a contract to catcher Bryan Holaday, making him a free agent.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

To clarify the new 92% on the luxury tax here is how it would work: If the Dodgers had a salary $236 million in a third year over and a threshold of $195 million would be taxed: 50% for the first $20 million over. 50% + 12% surcharge for the next $20 million over and then 50% +42% for the remaining amount over - so the 92% would only apply to the final million dollars. They would have to pay about $23 million close to what they paid on old CBA of straight 50%.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Aroldis Chapman and Dexter Fowler are all expected to attend David Ortiz's charity golf tournament beginning today in Punta Cana. We'll let you know if any of them interrupt their practice round to sign a contract.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz told WOR radio he has permission from team doctors to proceed with a normal offseason. Matz had surgery to remove a massive bone spur from his pitching elbow once a rotator cuff impingement ended his 2016 season. "The doctors said, 'You're good to go, progress with your normal offseason,'" Matz told the radio station.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Trade rumors of Andrew McCutchen going to the Nationals continue to heat up. But that doesn't necessarily solve the Nationals' biggest problem: First base, where they ranked last in the majors in wOBA. Would they move Trea Turner to 2B and Daniel Murphy to 1B? Try Jayson Werth there? Or keep playing Ryan Zimmerman because he's owed $48 million?