The Boston Red Sox have work to do as they try to avoid a contentious situation with their designated hitter and face of the franchise David Ortiz.
A career .287 hitter who posted a .309/.395/.564 slash line last season, Ortiz is reportedly fed up with taking team friendly contracts. Nearing the end of his career and seeking one more short extension, Ortiz plans to get paid.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes just what it might take for the Red Sox to extend Big Papi and keep him happy:
One-year extension at $20 million? Don’t be surprised if this is where it ends up. Ortiz is fully aware of the $20 million-plus players in the game…His agents have settled for hometown discounts, accepting that Ortiz is the highest-paid player at his position. But that may not be acceptable this time.”
Ortiz has gone so far in the past moments of this off-season to hint at the fact he does not want to leave Boston, but he will make that difficult decision if the business of baseball forces him to. There’s no way that scenario would end well for either the Red Sox or Ortiz, so I would imagine that the Red Sox will end up ponying up the money it takes to keep him in Boston.