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Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the process for a player like Ortiz is different this offseason. Instead of arbitration, teams have the option of making a qualifying offer (based on the average salary of the top 125 players in the league) to their free agents. In Ortiz’s case, that would mean a pay cut because the salary is believed to be in the neighborhood of $13 million.
I was thinking 2 years / $24 million, but I don't have a sense whether that would be considered qualifying or not, nor whether a yearly structure of $13/$11 would be qualifying because it has the first year at $13 million.
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