Spring training notebook: Ortiz accompanied by agent

Spring training notebook: Ortiz accompanied by agent
February 18, 2014, 5:15 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The presence of agent Fern Cuza, who represents David Ortiz, in Red Sox camp Tuesday morning stirred interest.
For now, though, Cuza's appearance didn't mean much.
Ortiz is looking for a contract extension beyond this one, which runs out after the 2014 season. After initial confusion about his expectations, Ortiz eventually told WEEI.com that he would be content with a one-year extension, carrying him through the end of 2015.
Cuza said he hadn't discussed Ortiz's future with the Red Sox since December, when they met on the topic briefly at the winter meetings in Orlando.
He added that he planned to meet with Red Sox management over the next couple of days.
Ortiz will earn $15 million this season. Initially, he signed a two-year deal for $26 million after the 2012 season and was due $13 million this year, but because Ortiz spent last than 15 days on the DL because of the lingering Achilles injury from the previous season, his salary gets bumped to $15 million.

* Pitcher Jake Peavy had what Farrell termed "an encouraging day of long toss,'' after being held out of drills Sunday and Monday because of some inflammation in his right ring finger, incurred when he was hit on the hand by a ball last week.
"The irritation seems to be subsiding,'' said Farrell. "Once we get to the mound and have a bit of a progression, we'll get a little better read on (whether he'll be behind schedule), but I think more than anything, the information he took out of today was very encouraging.
"The discomfort that he felt is steadily going away.''
* Catcher A.J. Pierzynski turned an ankle in conditioning drills Monday and, as a precaution, was held out of catching drills Tuesday.
"He didn't catch bullpens today,'' said Farrell. "He fought us. He's wanting to catch guys he's never caught before. But we felt at this point in time, we just thought a day when he's not crouched behind the plate, he'd be better off. I fully expect him to be receiving the ball tomorrow in bullpens.''
* Jose Mijares was due to report to town Tuesday night and be on the field Wednesday. He had been delayed by visa issues.