David Ortiz, Red Sox Talking Extension

David Ortiz told reporters that his agent is talking with the Red Sox about extending his deal for another year, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.  Ortiz signed a two-year extension with Boston in November 2012 that will take him through the 2014 season.

Big Papi will earn $15MM in the final year of his deal between his $11MM base salary and the $4MM bonus he secured by staying away from the DL for the bulk of 2013.  After playing just 90 games in 2012 – his lowest total as a member of the Red Sox – Ortiz saw action in 137 games this past season, hitting .309/.395/.564 with 30 homers.  Ortiz told Bradford:

"We gave them what they wanted. I don’t have next year guaranteed and I think I can play another one. We’re working on that. … As long as I feel good I’m going to want to play. … I just hate the situation where I have to sit down at the end of the year and talk about my following year. Let’s do it now. We’re world champs right now."

Ortiz was also candid in telling Bradford that "If [the Red Sox] are smart," they'll work something out. "You know what happens every time people challenge Papi."

While the Red Sox certaintly want to keep their franchise cornerstone happy, they may not be ecstatic about re-opening contract talks.  Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported earlier this year that the two sides had an agreement that they would not negotiate a new contract or extension until after the deal expired.

Steve Adams contributed to this post.


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61 Comments on "David Ortiz, Red Sox Talking Extension"


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start_wearing_purple
1 year 6 months ago

I thought they had some agreement that said they wouldn’t talk about an extension

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Crosstownkid
1 year 6 months ago

Like what they had with Wakefield I can live with that as long as it’s not to pricey

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MaineSox
1 year 6 months ago

That’s what I had heard too

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dc21892
1 year 6 months ago

That’s what he wanted to say at the time so people would move on. At the end of the day, he’s produced over the last decade since being on that list. He’s proven it wasn’t PEDs that made him what he is. Now, does that make him any better than any other user? Nope. But IMO, if a player produces post-allegation, he shouldn’t keep being talked about.

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Karkat
1 year 6 months ago

I’d be okay with some kind of recurring dealie for as long as Ortiz can perform.

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MaineSox
1 year 6 months ago

Sure, the Wakefield option (more money than Wake got, obviously). That would be awesome, maybe even make it a vesting option.

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Karkat
1 year 6 months ago

A vesting option based on plate appearances (so, health) would make so much sense, at some mutually-amenable salary

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MaineSox
1 year 6 months ago

Yeah, definitely. Maybe the salary could be based on the qualifying offer (either matching whatever the qualifying offer is that year, or a certain percent of the offer or something).

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Karkat
1 year 6 months ago

Why are we agreeing, I’m kind of scared that you’re patronizing me xD

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MaineSox
1 year 6 months ago

Haha, I’m not always disagreeable…

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Karkat
1 year 6 months ago

How did you italicize on Disqus? What is this sorcery, MaineSox?!?!?!

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Uriel Alessandro
1 year 6 months ago

HTML, bro

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NYBravosFan10
1 year 6 months ago

Sure, why not? They love him and he loves them

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1 year 6 months ago

I don’t think Ortiz is going to play for any other team, but I also think he plays better when he’s not worrying about his contract. Given what he means to the Sox, I’d love to have Papi back for another year.

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RC23
1 year 6 months ago

If the Red Sox could extend him and lessen the 17M he’s owed this coming year that could free up some much needed payroll room, even if it means a minor addition.

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Boston4884
1 year 6 months ago

His salary is $15M