Red Sox principal owner John Henry arrived in camp in Fort Myers on Wednesday and immediately the subject turned to David Ortiz and another contract extension for the designated hitter.
"He's meant so much to this franchise and to New England for so long now," Henry said. "He's helped carry us to three world championships. I know where he's coming from. He wants to finish his career here and we should try to make that happen."
CSNNE.com Red Sox insider Sean McAdam said now is the time to get a deal done, adding that Ortiz's agent, Fern Cuza, is in Fort Myers and the Sox certainly have a history of getting deals done with Ortiz. Adding another year to his contract shouldn't be that difficult.
As for the philosophy of staying away from long-term deals, McAdam said look for that to continue.
"I think they have to make exceptions. If a guy like Mike Trout is out there in 3 years. 25 years old. Best player on the planet. Then you might want to bid on him." McAdam said. "What they want to stay away from is committing six to eight years for guys they don't know enough about [i.e. Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez]. The industry is moving away from free agency. The Red Sox want to keep there own guys, develop their own players but not overspend because that's an ineffecient way to do business."