David Ortiz Reaches Extension With World Series-Champion Red SoxErik Matuszewski
David Ortiz agreed to a contract extension with the Boston Red Sox that owner John Henry said makes it a “near certainty” that the 38-year-old slugger will finish his Major League Baseball career with the team.
Ortiz has won three World Series titles and has been selected as an All-Star nine times during his 11 seasons with the Red Sox. Known as “Big Papi,” Ortiz had a .309 batting average with 30 home runs and 103 runs batted in last season. He was voted the Most Valuable Player of Boston’s World Series win after collecting 11 hits in 16 at-bats during the championship round against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Red Sox said Ortiz, who is under contract for $15 million this season, agreed on a one-year extension through the 2015 season with options for 2016 and 2017. Ortiz’s extension will pay him $16 million in 2015, the Boston Globe said.
“We are so proud to have this ambassador of our game with us as he continues on this road to Cooperstown,” Henry said, referring to the hometown of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He added that having Ortiz finish his career in Boston is “something we have all wanted and that we are all proud of.”
Ortiz has hit 373 of his 431 career home runs with the Red Sox, ranking him fifth in franchise history. He’s had at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in seven of his 11 seasons in Boston.