Report: Red Sox to turn up contract talks with Ortiz

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Report: Red Sox to turn up contract talks with Ortiz

According to ESPN Boston, the Red Sox and David Ortiz have already had some informal contract discussions, but things will get serious "some point next week."

From Hardball Talk:
For his part Ortiz has said he wants to a multi-year deal, but for a 37-year-old who missed nearly the entire second half with an Achilles tendon injury that seems like a stretch. When healthy Ortiz was still an elite hitter, batting .318 with 23 homers in 90 games while topping a 1.000 OPS for the first time since 2007, but he also wanted a multi-year deal last offseason before accepting arbitration and settling for a one-year, 14.575 million contract.

Back then he was a 36-year-old designated hitter coming off a .953 OPS in 146 games. Now hell be a 37-year-old designated hitter coming off a 1.026 OPS in 90 games.

And consider this: Ortiz's Achilles is still being worked on. WEEI reported Tuesday that he underwent ultrasound treatments on the injured tendon on Monday. He will be in a boot for the next 7-10 days and sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

Last season was the first since 2001 in which Ortiz failed to play 100 games.

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