Ortiz's agents approach Red Sox about extension

Ortiz's agents approach Red Sox about extension
December 13, 2013, 3:15 pm
Share This Post

David Ortiz said Friday that his agent and Red Sox officials are discussing a contract extension beyond 2014, when his current deal expires.

"My agent and them, they're talking right now to see if we can get another year," Ortiz told reporters at his annual charity event in the Dominican Republic. "Hopefully, everything goes well. Right now, I am very happy with the way things went down this year."

Ortiz signed a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $26 million in November of 2012, including a base of $14 million in 2013 and $11 million in 2014 with a $1 million signing bonus. But because he spent less than 20 days on the DL in 2013 due to his pre-existing Achilles injury, his 2014 salary was bumped to $15 million, making the total value of the two-year deal worth $30 million.

Ortiz put up a .309/.395/.564 line in 2013 while adding 30 homers and 103 RBI in 137 games. In the postseason he was even better, batting .363 with five homers and 13 RBI in 16 games. He was named the MVP of the 2013 World Series as the Red Sox defeat the St. Louis Cardinals.

"We're talking. We're exchanging words and stuff," Ortiz said. "I already know that I'm going to be [with the Red Sox] next year. It'll be exciting knowing you're going to be there another couple of years. I'll be good to go."

Asked how he's feel about ending his career with the Red Sox, Ortiz said: ''Hopefully. Hopefully I don't have to move nowhere.''

General manager Ben Cherington, in a conference call with reporters to talk about the recent re-signing of Mike Napoli, wasn't about to get into details about a possible extension.

"As you know,'' said Cherington, "as a policy, we would prefer not to talk about our conversations with players. Out of respect to David, it's hard for me to respond because I wasn't there and I don't know exactly what he said.

"What I can say is that we have incredible respect for David and, as I've said before, our hope certainly is that he finishes his career in a Red Sox uniform. So at some point, there will be a conversation about that. I don't know when that will be. We're in early December and there are still things that we're looking to do this offseason, looking at ways to improve the team. But the door will always be open to David and I'm sure, at the appropriate time, there will be an opportunity to have a conversation.

"Again, our hope is that he'll be in a Red Sox uniform for the rest of his career.''

Ortiz's agent, Fernando Cuza, was at the winter meetings, but Cherington declined to say whether the topic of an extension came up in Orlando.

"All I can say is that we talk to Fern all the time,'' said Cherington. "I ran into Fern at the winter meetings, as I would at any winter meeting, and we have conversations throughout the year and the door is always open if David wants to have a conversation. But I'm not going to get into specifics of anything.

"Again, our expectations would be, at the appropriate time, we'll talk about ways to keep him in a Red Sox uniform. That's all I'm going to say about it right now.''