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David Ortiz confident he’ll be back with Red Sox next season

Oct 26, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

Ortiz home run swing

David Ortiz was in attendance at tonight’s Heat-Celtics game and told the Boston Globe that he is confident he will be back with the Red Sox next season.

The Red Sox have until three days after the World Series to decide whether to pick up his $12.5 million option for 2011.

“We’re going to talk next week,” he said.

Ortiz, who turns 35 in November, enjoyed a bounceback year in 2010, batting .270/.370/.529 with 32 homers and 102 RBI. He finished eighth in the league with an .899 OPS and ninth with 82 walks.

$12.5 million isn’t pocket change or anything, but the Red Sox could do a lot worse than bring him back and hope for a repeat with what we can only assume will be a healthier supporting cast. It’s worth noting that Ortiz told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com in September that he wouldn’t be comfortable coming back to Boston on a one-year contract. The two sides will talk, but methinks Red Sox GM Theo Epstein won’t be silly enough to guarantee an aging slugger a multi-year deal.

  1. pisano - Oct 27, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    I wouldn’t make book on Theo having him back @ 12.5mil. Aged DH’S don’t make that kind of money . It is a distinct possibility he’ll be back , but he can forget a multi year deal , and the 12.5 mil. I would think he’ll have to restructure the money end .

  2. bigharold - Oct 27, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    Frankly, I think 12 mil is a lot for Ortiz. The Rs might be able to sign Matsui for half that. But, a lot will have to do with what else is available. While I don’t think the RS want to spend that for a DH, .. they will likely be as determined as their options allow them to be.

    I see Ortiz back with the RS, … but it will be interesting to see how the contract works itself out.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 27, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    If I were Theo, I’d see how he feels about 2 years $10 million. Gives Papi the length he’s passionate about, and he’d be at the price he’s worth.

    • pisano - Oct 28, 2010 at 12:59 AM

      That makes too much sense , Papi will never go for it , but if the old take it or leave were involved , it just might work . We’ll find out just how much Papi loves the Sox .

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