The Boston Red Sox are close to finalizing a deal with free agent designated hitter David Ortiz. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and new manager John Farrell talked with Big Papi today at Fenway Park. The two sides are discussing a two-year deal that could be worth up to $25 million.
Reports indicate that the Red Sox hope to announce the move as soon as Friday.
Ortiz missed the end of the season with an injured Achilles heel but claims that he is feeling well and should be able to begin his regular offseason workout.
“I’m 36 and I know what I’m capable to do,” Ortiz said, per ESPN Boston. “I know what’s fair and I know guys my age aren’t going to get three-, four- or five-year deals anymore, so I want to play two more and if things go good I’ll continue to play.”
Ortiz has had the longest run with the Red Sox out of any of the team’s current players. Prior to the injury, Big Popi was having a great season and he hopes to be able to pick up where he left off next season and the Red Sox hope to get that same type of production from their veteran slugger.