After taking plate appearance No. 600 on Sunday, David Ortiz’s 2016 salary has now maxed out at a value of $16MM. The slugger first got his option to vest for 2016 at a value of $11MM when he reached 425 plate appearances back in August. Since then, however, he has boosted that total by $1MM each time he hit 475, 500, 525, 575, and 600 PAs, respectively.
Ortiz, 40 in November, hasn’t slowed down much in his old age. After an up-and-down first half of the season, Ortiz has turned it up to bring his slash line to .270/.357/.546 (heading into today’s game) with a whopping 36 home runs on the year. The only thing now standing between the veteran and his $16MM payout for next season is a physical, as the option is contingent on a clean bill of health. However, he seems rather healthy as he turns in another stellar season as Boston’s DH.
Ortiz 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. Over the course of his career, Oritz has earned nine All-Star selections and, more importantly, helped the Red Sox to three World Series championships.