David Ortiz will be seeing red (sox) for another season…
The 38-year-old Dominican professional baseball player, nicknamed “Big Papi” has reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox to keep the iconic slugger on the team through the end of his career.
Ortiz has reportedly agreed to a $16 million extension for the 2015 season, a $1 million bump from the $15 million he will be paid in 2014.
Also in place is a club/vesting option for the 2016 season that will automatically kick in if Ortiz achieves a certain number of plate appearances, and a club option for 2017. If the option years are fulfilled, Ortiz will remain under Red Sox control into his 40s — he turns 42 on Nov. 18, 2017, the final year of the deal.
The team announced the extension and option years Sunday night.
“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,” 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.”
There has been little doubt throughout camp that the Red Sox would sign Ortiz to an extension, with both the player and club ownership expressing a desire to strike an agreement. Ortiz’s agent, Fernando Cuza, came for face-to-face negotiations with general manager Ben Cherington and CEO Larry Lucchino on multiple occasions, including Sunday.