Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz doubled in his 425th plate appearance of the season today, triggering his 2016 option in the process, tweets Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. The option is for an $11MM base salary and increases by $1MM for 475, 500, 525, 575, and 600 plate appearances. Ortiz is on pace to finish with about 625 plate appearances which would trigger the maximum $16MM payout.
Ortiz, 39, is in the midst of an up-and-down season. He’s batting .241/.333/.472 on the year, but his numbers have markedly improved since some mid-season adjustments in late May. After a brief benching on May 28 and 29, Ortiz has hit .261/.356/.546 in 239 plate appearances with 17 of his 23 home runs.
Ortiz has rarely played in the field throughout his career. The Red Sox designated hitter hasn’t started 10 games at a non-DH position since 2006. He does draw a handful of starts per season at first base thanks to Interleague games. He is a veteran of 19 seasons – six with the Twins and 13 with Boston. The Mariners originally signed him as an amateur free agent back in 1992.