Posted December 13, 2013

Report: David Ortiz, Red Sox discussing contract extension

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Red Sox DH David Ortiz will get his shot in the field at first base during the World Series. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

David Ortiz reached base 19 times in 25 plate appearances in the World Series. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The agent for Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is meeting with the team in hopes of signing Ortiz to a contract extension, reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.

Ortiz’s contract ends after next season. He will make $15 million in 2014 as part of a two-year, $26 million contract he signed in 2012.

Ortiz, 38, hit .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI last season with the Red Sox.

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He was even better in the postseason, especially the World Series, when he hit 11 for 16 (.688) with two home runs and six RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals, powering the Red Sox to their third World Series title in the past 10 seasons. He was named the Series’ Most Valuable Player.


14 comments
DaveEdlund
DaveEdlund

I love David Ortiz and he is a true star in MLB.  The one thing about David is is as nice of a human being as he is a great player.  


The old school resists change, but the DH for both leagues will happen.  Change happens glacially in baseball, but there are certain trends you can see being played out  One of those big trends is more specialization.  Every year, more pitchers share the pitching role of the game.  That's specialization!  Hitting is a specialized skills and pitchers do not have it.  So I can not say when, but DH's in both leagues will very likely happen.  It will happen as it will bring in more money to MLB as fans most fan's are offense oriented and it will also be done to keep the pitchers from hurting themselves while trying to hit or running the bases.


I look forward to seeing David Ortiz get signed up for anther contract.  How wouldn't want a guy who has been an All-Star 9 of the last 10 years and a great team player to be on their team! 


One of the many records he is chasing is the most career "walk-off" HR's. Ortiz currently has 11.  Walk off HR's are a good measure of "Clutch" performance.  Right now, Jim Thome has the record with 13.   


And some day career DH's will be in the HOF and my bet is David Ortiz will be one of them.  I once grabbed one of his HR's, #333 hit off TIm Lincecum and I will be cheering him on!

MrArlington
MrArlington

Dude is a DH. Pretty much the red headed step child of baseball. Ortiz exemplifies why the baseball purists are NL fans. I would like to hear anyone argue against the fact that if Ortiz were a AAA player today, with his exact skillset, that he would NOT even get called up next year the bigs.

Rico1
Rico1

As long as he keeps doing them 'riods you might as well give he whatever he asks for cause he's gonna keep killing that ball.

canadianox
canadianox

give him $50M over 2, he deserves whatever he asks for.

RD
RD

The Red Sox should offer him a 3 or 4 year contract. He's going to start declining in a year or so.

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

@Rico1 aaron boone, AROD, jason giambi, andy pettitte, roger clemens, gary sheffield, francisco cervelli, jason grimsley, etc. all say hi.

Michael10
Michael10

@RDHe started declining six years ago...a year and a half ago, he wasn't even sure where he was going to be playing in 2013.

Rico1
Rico1

@DODGERFAIL2013 @Rico1 And many many more around the league, YOU LOSER! I never said others aren't guilty. But this little Sock has always played dumb on the issue. 

jopomp2
jopomp2

@Michael10@RD Your point?  Seems to me that he had a pretty good 2013 and don't forget the EPIC 2013 WS......patting .688....MVP.... AND, he was far from a liability at 1st.


jopomp2
jopomp2

@Rico1@DODGERFAIL2013 You know the times have changed when  Yankee fans now have Sox envy.......there is ABSOULTELY NO evidence that Ortiz has been doing PED's.  If you actually followed baseball, you'dknow that Ortiz works hard at his craft.....has become a much better hitter....and it shows. And by the way,  doing 'roids doesn't make you a .688 hitter during this year's World Series.