Report: David Ortiz signs one-year extension with Red Sox

David-Ortiz-Against-One-Game-PlayoffDavid Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year contract extension on Sunday, according to various reports on Twitter. The deal is expected to be announced on Wednesday.

Ortiz, who was in the final year of a two-year, $30 million extension he signed two years ago, added an addition year and $16 million to his contract. Big Papi turned 38 this past offseason.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that Ortiz’s new deal may also include a club option for 2016 that would become a player option if certain incentives are met.

Ortiz had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013. He hit .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI. He also took home World Series MVP honors after carrying the Red Sox with a .688 average against the St. Louis Cardinals. Back in January, Ortiz said that it would be “time to move on” if the team did not give him an extension. He then lashed out at those who were criticizing him for wanting a long-term deal a few weeks later.

The deal makes sense for both sides. Ortiz wants to retire in a Red Sox uniform, and his numbers last season were certainly good enough to warrant another year on his contract. At some point, Papi will begin to decline. There’s no reason to believe he won’t be able to contribute for another two years.

David Ortiz to people criticizing him for contract talk: ‘F— them’

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyDavid Ortiz is once again entering the final season of his contract with the Boston Red Sox, and per usual the 38-year-old slugger is not pleased about it. Last month, Big Papi said it will be “time to move on” if the Sox don’t offer him a multiyear extension at some point in the near future. He addressed his contract situation again at training camp on Wednesday.

“I just want people to stop talking to me about that,” Ortiz told John Tomase of the Boston Herald. “When you put up numbers like I’m putting up, who’s thinking about retiring, know what I’m saying? People keep on asking me, how long do you want to play? When are you going to retire? Dude, look at my numbers. I ain’t planning on retiring right now. When I slow down, then I’ll retire.”

White Ortiz was being his usually cocky self, you can’t argue with that. He had one of his better statistical seasons at age 37 last year, hitting .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI. He was also named World Series MVP after carrying Boston to a championship with a .688 average against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ortiz has made it known that he would like the Red Sox to give him at least a one-year extension at $15 million, which he will make in 2014. He wants to be signed through 2015 at the same average annual value, which Papi thinks is more than reasonable.

“I don’t even know why they’re bitching about me talking about contracts,” he said. “Guys putting up my numbers, they’re making $25 (million), $30 million. I’m not asking for that. I’m asking for half of it. And they’re still bitching about it? (Expletive) them. I’m tired of hearing them talk (expletive) about me when I talk about my contract. Hey, every time I talk about my contract, I earn it, (expletive). So don’t be giving me that (expletive).”

For the record, Ortiz was lashing out at his critics and not the Red Sox. Still, he said it was humiliating when he had to sign a one-year deal to stay in a Sox uniform in 2012.

At some point, the Red Sox may simply have to pay Big Papi for what he has done — not what he will do in the future. He showed no signs of slowing down last season, but how long can that continue? Ortiz knows it won’t just as we know it won’t, which is why he wants to secure as much money as possible while he has the numbers to back it up.

David Ortiz: It’s ‘time to move on’ if Red Sox don’t offer long-term deal

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyThe Boston Red Sox finally caved last offseason and signed David Ortiz to a two-year contract extension. In 2012, Ortiz and the Sox had agreed to a one-year deal after what he deemed “humiliating” contract negotiations. Big Papi may be 38, but he just turned in one of the best seasons of his career and put the team on his back in October en route to a World Series championship.

Ortiz showed no signs of aging in 2013, when he belted 30 home runs and drove in 103. He has hit .312 over the past three seasons after batting .257 over the previous three. Old man Papi, who is signed through 2014, now wants a multi-year extension. And if he doesn’t get it, he claims he’ll be wearing another uniform.

“Time to move on,” Ortiz said when asked what he will do if the Red Sox only offer him a one-year deal.

Ideally, Big Papi would like to retire in the city that worships him as much as any other athlete in Boston sports history has been worshipped.

“Hey, I would like to,” he said. “I’m having fun. It’s been a hell of a ride as long as I’ve been here. But as I always keep on telling people, this is a business. Sometimes you’ve got to do what’s best for you and your family.

“As long as they keep offering me a job and I keep doing what I’m supposed to do and the relationship keeps on building up, I’m going to be there. Hopefully, I won’t have to go and wear another uniform.”

Ortiz, who hit .688 in the World Series, said he is not going to walk away from baseball while he is still swinging the bat at a high level. We wouldn’t expect him to, but there are very few teams who would be willing to ignore his age. Big Papi is going to start breaking down at some point — that’s just science. Chances are, he’ll remain more valuable to the Red Sox than any other team in baseball.

David Ortiz finished third in Boston’s mayoral race

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyRed Sox slugger David Ortiz is at the peak of his popularity in the city of Boston at the moment. The 38-year-old has been a part of three championship teams and hit .688 in the World Series this year. As it turned out, the Red Sox finished off the Cardinals exactly one week prior to election day. Guess who came in third in the city of Boston’s mayoral race?

Yes, David Ortiz. According to WGBH, Big Papi’s name was written onto 560 ballots. While that number is hardly overwhelming, it was good enough to put Ortiz in the top three of the race behind John Connolly and Marty Walsh, who won the election. Walsh “beat” Ortiz by more than 70,000 votes, but let’s all remember that Ortiz didn’t even run. That’s impressive.

Of course, it all boils down to timing. Had the mayoral election taken place in February and the New England Patriots happened to win the Super Bowl, Tom Brady may have earned enough write-in votes to be elected. Sorry Major League Baseball, the truth hurts.

H/T Deadspin

Jon Lester to Colin Cowherd: You couldn’t be more wrong about David Ortiz

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyBoston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester went on Colin Cowherd’s show on Friday to defend David Ortiz. Earlier this week, Cowherd spoke about Ortiz’s mind-boggling performance in the World Series and all but accused him of using performance-enhancing drugs. Lester seemed certain that is not the case.

“I think you couldn’t be more wrong about him,” Lester said. “I think the biggest thing with David is you really haven’t seen the power numbers spike up or anything like that. I think he’s just become more of a complete hitter. … It’s not like he’s going at there at 37 and all of a sudden he’s hitting 50 homers and driving in 140 (runs).

“He’s hitting his normal home run totals that he’s hit his entire career. His average has gone up, which I think is a result of him taking his walks and taking the base hits. I think Fenway Park is a good ballpark for him and fits him well and I think he’s done it the right way for a long time.”

Lester is right about that. Ortiz has hit somewhere in the vicinity of 25-30 home runs and 90-100 RBI for the past six seasons of his career — excluding stretches where he was injured. After hitting just .238 in 150 games in 2009, many assumed Big Papi was washed up. Instead, he enjoyed one of the best all-around statistical years of his career this season at age 37.

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David Ortiz explains how he fixed his swing after bad seasons

David Ortiz swingRemember when David Ortiz was struggling in 2008 and 2009 and everyone thought his career was coming to an end? Yeah, about that.

Since 2009, Ortiz has put together four very good seasons, including three excellent ones in a row. And of course, he was MVP of the World Series after putting together one of the most impressive Fall Classics in history.

So how did Ortiz get his swing back on track? Did he start using PEDs like many have speculated? Or did he just correct a mechanical flaw? Ortiz says he discovered he had a hand injury which hampered him in 2008 and 2009. He has mentioned the hand injury to the media in the past, so that was nothing new. But something I hadn’t heard him share before was how a friend noticed a flaw in his swing that he worked to correct.

“At the time, there is one thing that I figured out. I had an injury in 2008 on my hand that carried over to 2009. And I had this loop in my swing that [kept me from] catching up with pitches. I was under every pitch,” Ortiz explained in an interview with ESPN’s Chris Berman after Boston’s Game 6 win.

“So one of my buddies from back home that plays baseball with me and knows a lot about baseball called me and told me, ‘Hey, it’s nothing wrong with your swing, you just have that loop because you’re not using your top hand. Go back to that, start training your top hand like you used to and you’re going to go back to normal. You’re right there with every pitch. The reason why you’re not catching up with it is because the ball is here and [your bat is below it]. Your bottom hand is taking over and your top hand is not doing anything,'” the friend told Ortiz.

“So when I started watching videos, everything clicked one day. Boom. Just because of that.”

Was repairing his swing as simple as that? Apparently so. Ortiz has posted an OPS of at least .953 the past three seasons, including a 1.026 OPS in 90 games last year. He was an absolute monster in the World Series, posting a .668 batting average and 1.948 OPS this October. His career OPS in the World Series is above 1.380. That guy just brings it on the biggest stage.

David Ortiz’s incredible bat and leadership are powering the Boston Red Sox

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyCall it a coincidence or call it a well-received wakeup call. The fact of the matter is the Boston Red Sox have not trailed in the World Series since David Ortiz gathered his teammates together in the dugout during Game 4.

It was the 5th inning with the score tied 1-1. Boston was trailing 2-1 in the series, and a loss would have put the Red Sox in the dreaded 3-1 hole that is nearly impossible to crawl out of. Had that happened, they would haven been in legitimate danger of not returning home for another game at Fenway Park in 2013. Instead, Jonny Gomes blasted a three-run homer in the next inning to put the Sox on top 4-1. They have not looked back since.

Ortiz is carrying the Red Sox, both physically and emotionally. After going 3-for-4 with another RBI in Monday night’s Game 5 victory, Big Papi is now 11-for-15 in the World Series. That’s a .733 batting average. He has also walked four times, which means he has reached base in 15 of 20 plate appearances — a .750 on-base percentage. Ortiz’s teammates and coaches would tell you his Game 4 speech was just as important as his ridiculously hot bat.

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