Ortiz seeking multi-year deal: Report
By The Sports Xchange
|David Ortiz. - (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)
David Ortiz showed he could still be productive at 35, and he’s hoping the Boston Red Sox believe he can also produce for a few more seasons.
Ortiz is seeking a multi-year deal from Boston and hoping to avoid arbitration, he told ESPNdeportes.com during an event in the Dominican Republic.
“I’m just working hard and working out to get ready for the spring. I really would like to get this over with so that we don’t have to go in front of the judge and I can stop having to talk about this,” he said.
Ortiz said he was leaving it up “to the agents and the team to deal with it.” Asked if he had seen a sign of hope that such a deal would get done, he told the website, “not yet.”
While a multi-year deal for an older slugger such as Ortiz, who turned 36 in November, could contain risks, Big Papi has still posted some big production the past few years.
He hit .309 with 29 homers and 96 RBI last season. In 2010, he hit .270 with 32 homers and 102 RBI. And while his average suffered in 2009, when he hit just .238, he still managed 28 homers and 99 RBI.
Ortiz had been so eager to test his worth earlier this offseason he even told reporters he would consider the arch rival New York Yankees as a possibility.
The Red Sox have expressed interest in holding onto Ortiz, though they have not agreed on terms. After making $12.3 million last season, Ortiz reportedly turned down a two-year, $18 deal.