David Ortiz, Red Sox Agree To Extension

BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz have agreed on a one-year extension, the team announced Sunday night. The deal includes a club/vesting option for 2016 and a club option for 2017.

According to WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche, the one-year deal is worth $16 million.

“With this agreement, we have near certainty that David Ortiz will finish his career in a Red Sox uniform, which is something we have all wanted and that we are all proud of,” Principal Owner John Henry said in a statement. “It is difficult to describe David’s contributions to our city both on the field and off the field, and we are so proud to have this ambassador of our game with us as he continues on this road to Cooperstown.”

Ortiz was entering the final year of a two-year, $26 million deal, which he signed back in November 2012. He arrived at spring training this season after dominating during the team’s World Series run, and he made it clear that he didn’t want to play out this season without having another year tacked on to his current deal.

Read: David Ortiz On Contract

Ortiz, 38, hit .309 with 38 doubles, 30 home runs, 103 RBIs and a .959 OPS last season, his 11th in a Red Sox uniform. He batted .300 in the postseason, and he batted .688 with two home runs, six RBIs and a 1.948 OPS in six World Series games.

In his last three seasons, Ortiz owns a .311 batting average and a .972 OPS while averaging 27 home runs per season, and that’s despite missing 72 games in 2012 with an Achilles injury.


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