Earlier this week it was looking like the Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz were going to have to part ways if a long-term deal wasn’t agreed upon. This threw Red Sox nation into a frenzy as the offseason had already seen key cogs from the World Series roster change teams, and losing Big Papi would be devastating.
But after a lot of chest beating on both sides, at least privately, it appears that Ortiz and the Sox have come to a mutual agreement on what is a reasonable offer for Ortiz. According to WEEI in Boson, Ortiz is asking jut a one-year extension from Red Sox and not a long-term deal.
“We’re good. We’re good. We talked, they’re talking and I just asked for one year. I didn’t ask for anything crazy. It wasn’t like I asked for a five-year deal. It’s a one-year extension I asked for,” Ortiz said of his discussions with the club. “I’ve got a contract for this year. I was asking for a one-year extension for next year. I think, like I say, I think we had a great season last year and I’m walking into free agency after this season. We had a conversation, they’re outlining what they plan on doing and they’re going to come back to me with their answer at some point. … Everything is going well. We had a great conversation. They are happy about what we talked about. I don’t even know why people are spreading bad rumors.”
A deal still hasn’t been agreed upon, but it’s looking much more likely that Ortiz will return in 2015 to the Red Sox than it did earlier in the week.