Red Sox pick up option on Ortiz for 2011

Boston Red Sox David Ortiz slides home on a 2-RBI double by Mike Lowell against the New York...

Boston Red Sox David Ortiz slides home on a 2-RBI double by Mike Lowell against the New York Yankees during the first inning of game one of their MLB American League baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts October 2, 2010. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox said Thursday they will pick up the $12.5 million option on designated hitter David Ortiz for the 2011 season.

Boston also officially announced that third baseman Adrian Beltre has declined an option on his contract for next year.

Ortiz, who will turn 35 this month, led the Red Sox with 32 home runs and 82 walks while tying for the team lead with 102 RBI in 2010.

Additionally, the left-handed hitting slugger finished among the top American League players in several offensive categories, including: home runs (tied for fifth), RBI (tied for 10th) and walks (ninth). His 69 extra-base hits were good for ninth best, while his .529 slugging percentage was eighth-best in the AL.

Over 14 major league seasons, spanning 1,596 games, the six-time All-Star is a career .281 hitter with 349 home runs and 1,170 RBI with Minnesota (1997-2002) and Boston (2003-10). Since joining Boston, he leads the AL in extra-base hits (611), slugging percentage (.572) and walks (691) and ranks second in homers (291), doubles (308), RBI (932) and OPS (.977).

Beltre signed a one-year deal with an option last offseason and may have parlayed it into a huge payday, as he hit .321 with 28 homers, 49 doubles and 102 runs batted in for the 2010 campaign. By reaching 640 plate appearances, his option price doubled from $5 million to $10 million.

Beltre signed with Boston after spending five unspectacular seasons with Seattle, which had inked him to a long-term contract in the wake of a 2004 season in which he belted a career-high 48 homers with 121 runs batted in for the Dodgers. He never approached those numbers with the Mariners.

The 31-year-old Dominican native has 278 career homers, 1,008 RBI and a .275 batting average in 13 seasons since breaking into the big leagues with Los Angeles in 1998.

In other team news, the Red Sox announced they will exercise the 2011 option on right-handed pitcher Scott Atchison and declined the club options on infielder/outfielder Bill Hall and infielder Felipe Lopez.

Atchison, 34, went 2-3 with a 4.50 earned run average in a career-high 43 games -- one start -- last season.

The 30-year-old Hall hit .247 with 18 homers and 46 RBI in 119 contests in 2010. The versatile Hall saw action at every position a season ago except for first base and catcher.

Lopez, 30, batted .233 with eight homers and 37 RBI in 113 games between the Cardinals and Boston.


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