Ortiz on talks with Red Sox: 'We're good'

Ortiz on talks with Red Sox: 'We're good'
January 30, 2014, 1:00 am
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David Ortiz, in an interview with WEEI, said his representatives are talking to the Red Sox about a contract extension and tried to clarify his remarks from earlier this week when he said it might be "time to move on" if he doesn't get a new deal from the team.

“We’re good. We’re good. We talked, they’re talking and I just asked for one year," Ortiz said on a WEEI podcast. "I didn’t ask for anything crazy. It wasn’t like I asked for a five-year deal. It’s a one-year extension I asked for,” Ortiz said. “I’ve got a contract for this year. I was asking for a one-year extension for next year. I think, like I say, I think we had a great season last year and I’m walking into free agency after this season. We had a conversation, they’re outlining what they plan on doing and they’re going to come back to me with their answer at some point. ...Everything is going well. We had a great conversation. They are happy about what we talked about. I don’t even know why people are spreading bad rumors.”

And about that time to move on comment?

“I heard a comment the other day that came through the news about me saying that I’m going to go somewhere else. People sometimes take the wrong message. I was asked if the Red Sox don’t want to offer me an extension, then what am I going to do? I’m not going to retire. I’ll go somewhere else,” said Ortiz, 38, the designated hitter who led the Sox to their third World Series title in the past 10 years when he hit nearly .700 in the Series against the Cardinals. “Whoever offers me a contract, that’s where I’m going to be. It’s not a secret from no one that I want to be part of this organization. This is where I want to play. But it’s a business. You’re not supposed to be mad at no one. You just do what you got to do, you take what they give you and in the worst case, they don’t offer you a contract and you go somewhere else. Those are the exact words I said. I don’t think I said anything wrong. But people always want to make a big deal about things that you say. In my case, as long as I play, as long as I keep on doing what I do, I’m not going to beg nobody for nothing. I think I’ve earned what I’ve asked for, I prove myself every year.”