Red Sox, Ortiz agree to deal

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The Red Sox and designated hitter David 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.

RANGERS: Made a $13.3 million qualifying offer to Josh Hamilton, ensuring them draft-pick compensation if the slugger signs with another team.

It was an expected move by the Rangers, who are sure Hamilton won’t accept the one-year offer.

YANKEES: Made qualifying offers of $13.3 million to pitchers Hiroki Kuroda and
Rafael Soriano, and to right fielder Nick Swisher.

BREWERS: Outfielder Nyjer Morgan and right-hander Kameron Loe declined their minor league assignments and elected to become free agents.

The club also claimed right-hander Arcenio Leon off waivers from Houston on Friday, and outrighted first baseman Travis Ishikawa to Triple-A Nashville.

ORIOLES: Shortstop Ryan Adams was suspended for the first 25 games of next year after testing positive for a banned substance.

DEAL FALLS APART: A person familiar with the negotiations says the Chicago Cubs have told closer Carlos Marmol that the proposed trade to send him to the Los Angeles Angels for pitcher Dan Haren has fallen apart.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because the trade did not get completed.

Marmol’s contract gives him the right to submit a list of up to five teams he can’t be traded to without his consent. The person said Marmol told the Cubs he would consent to the trade, but would not say whether Marmol gave his written consent.


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