DALLAS -- A few things picked up trolling the lobby of the Hilton Anatole Tuesday morning:
-- A Red Sox source said that "one way or another," he expects David Ortiz to return to Boston for the 2012 season. Translation: Ortiz either accepts what is believed to be a two-year deal from the club or accepts salary arbitration by Wednesday's midnight deadline.
-- Despite reports that Ortiz has "interest" from other clubs, another bidder has yet to be identified.
-- The Sox are planning to talk with Oakland later today, but the price for left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez is probably too prohibitive for the Sox to make a deal, according to a team source.
-- Athletics closer Andrew Bailey is very much available, as noted before, and is expected to be the centerpiece of discussions between the teams. Oakland GM Billy Beane wants prospects in return, and could ask for a Ryan Kalish or Josh Reddick in return. "I think Bailey would do very well in Boston,'' said an executive with another club. "He's a tough Jersey kid.''
-- The Astros have tried to interest the Red Sox in pitchers Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers, but have been told the price for both s too high. Houston would probably take some money back on Myers, who is due to make $11 million in 2012.
-- The Sox interest in right fielder Michael Cuddyer is definitely back-burner, as their primary focus remains on pitching. The Twins and Orioles appear to be the clubs with the most interest in Cuddyer, who would have no interest in a platoon role. He wants to play every day.
-- One big-league executive said he thinks the Red Sox should move Carl Crawford to right field, where they could take advantage of his great range. "Having him play left field in Fenway Park,'' the executive said, "is like keeping a St. Bernard in a condominium.''