Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates on the field after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz begin talking contract extension

The Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz have opened up contract discussions for the first time this offseason, according to the Boston Herald. After some jawing in the press by Ortiz about how the media didn’t understand anything about his contract, the Red Sox slugger is starting to hash out a deal with the World Series champs that will add years onto his existing contract.

Per the Boston Herald:

David Ortiz and the Red Sox are talking contract, and both sides would like to reach a resolution before the season begins.

A source confirmed a WEEI.com report that the sides have opened discussions. Ortiz and his agent, Fernando Cuza, met with members of ownership as well as the front office.

There’s a pretty good chance that the two sides agree on a deal, although it might not come quickly. Ortiz is a staple on the Red Sox and he’s a favorite among fans. His exit would alienate some fans, which is a ton of leverage that rests with Ortiz.

Still, the Sox won’t give him Kobe Bryant money and overpay to keep him. The price will be somewhere in the middle as it’s not hard to see the two sides agreeing on a deal before the season begins.

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