Big Papi staying in Boston
By Sports Network
|Designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., Sep. 16, 2011. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters)
DALLAS - Designated hitter David Ortiz has decided to accept arbitration, keeping him on the Boston Red Sox for at least another season.
Boston could still work out a multi-year deal, but should Ortiz go to arbitration he would likely earn a nice raise from the $12.5 million he made last season.
Ortiz, 36, has played for the Red Sox since 2003 and was an integral part of their two world championships in 2004 and '07. Nowhere near the feared hitter he once was, Ortiz still hit 29 homers and drove in 96 runs last season.
It was the eighth time that he reached the 25-homer plateau in a Boston uniform, surpassing Jim Rice for second-most in franchise history behind Ted Williams (14 times).
Additionally, Ortiz joined Albert Pujols and Alfonso Soriano as the only major leaguers to launch at least 20 home runs in every season since 2002.
Ortiz's .309 average this past season was also the highest since be batted .332 in '07. Still, he has topped 30 home runs just once in the last four years after averaging nearly 42 in his first five years in Boston.
It was reported earlier this week that the Red Sox were offering a two-year deal at $9 million per season, while Ortiz was hoping for a two-year deal in the $25 million range. It was also said that the seven-time All-Star would prefer a multi-year deal, meaning there is a good chance both sides could still work something out.
Either way, Big Papi is staying in Boston.