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David Ortiz “hurt” by lack of contract talks with Red Sox

Aug 6, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2011 season.

He wants to remain in Boston, and the Red Sox are sure to consider re-signing him this winter.

But no negotiations have taken place yet between player and upper management, and that’s beginning to bother the 35-year-old veteran.

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston spoke about the matter Saturday with a “source close to” Ortiz:

“David is (too) proud and respectful to say how he feels in public, but the guy feels hurt, upset by the way that he is being ignored by the Red Sox,” said the unnamed source. “After all he’s done here and having a good season, he was at least hoping to be approached by the team to talk about his future.”

The Red Sox have no real reason to commit to Ortiz until they absolutely have to. What if he suffers a major injury this month? Or what if he bats .150 with a .400 OPS down the stretch? There are too many factors at play for the Boston front office to rush into multi-year — or even one-year — contract negotiations.

  1. 27xwschamps - Aug 6, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Whinner !!!!!

    • hittfamily - Aug 7, 2011 at 12:29 AM

      spel checkk

  2. cleverbob - Aug 6, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Someone get this guy a tissue…

  3. Gobias Industries - Aug 6, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    August 5: David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session before yesterday’s game, hopping mad that an official scorer’s decision was reversed from Wednesday night’s game, depriving him of an RBI he thought he had. “I’m [bleepin’] [ticked],” Ortiz said. “[Bleepin’] scorekeeper always [bleepin’] [bleep] up.”

    August 6: “David is (too) proud and respectful to say how he feels in public.

    • hittfamily - Aug 6, 2011 at 11:16 PM

      It reminds me of a guy I hate on my softball team. If he puts the ball in play, it is a hit, no matter what. He has argued with my wife, who keeps our book, over a hit versus an error. I hate people who bitch about such trivial things. This guys ego is larger than his belt, and his belt is huge. I don’t even know the play in question, but to public insult someone over an RBI shows how small of a person Ortiz is.

  4. derpdederpdederp - Aug 6, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Ortiz has been around long enough to know Theo tends not to discuss contracts during the season. methinks this “source close to Ortiz” is, to put it kindly, completely full of shit

  5. Gordon - Aug 6, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    He needs to change his tampon.

  6. hittfamily - Aug 6, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Maybe they are taking a page out of Tampa Bay’s handbook, and not New York’s. They will get a first round and a supplemental draft pick if he signs elsewhere. That, along with 14 million or so saved per year, might be worth not having a 36 year DH in the lineup that can’t hit til June. Realistically, he is unnecessary. When Carl Crawford has batted 8th in your lineup, David Ortiz is expendable. They need starting pitching, and a 22 year old first round draft pick will help to fill that void. Not next year, but 2013.

    Jeter, Arod, and Posada are all disasters. It is a young man’s game post steroid era. If he wants a 3 year deal, he’s dreaming, and the Sox would be wise to take the compensation picks.

    • mattinm - Aug 7, 2011 at 6:17 AM

      The Sox only get compensation if they offer Ortiz arbitration and he turns it down. If he goes to arbitration, his numbers this year and last year have been well above-average, even as a DH, and I’m sure Ortiz would get at least the same salary as he received this year.

      I think the Red Sox front-office is smart enough to know that the risk is too high in offering arbitration and will attempt to do a smaller per-year contract for two-years or have an incentive-based contract for one-year (maybe even incentive-based one year that includes a vesting option).

    • banksatdixie - Aug 7, 2011 at 10:36 AM

      Are you fucking high? The only “disaster” that you listed is the 4th and final year of the Posada contract. Let the cards play out before you judge the other “disasters”

      • smokehouse56 - Aug 7, 2011 at 11:47 AM

        Do you enjoy saying obscene words? Or are you just a potty mouth?

      • ditto65 - Aug 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM

        It makes him feel “Awesome”.

      • hittfamily - Aug 7, 2011 at 2:07 PM

        Nice. Disagree with someone and start dropping F bombs. You have internet tough guy syndrome.

        Jeter and Posada are disasters. In 5 years when Arod is still owed 60 million, he’ll be the biggest contract mistake in ML baseball.

  7. mrdry14 - Aug 6, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Did anyone tell him that vthey are going to start testing for HGH?

    • hittfamily - Aug 6, 2011 at 11:19 PM

      Where did you learn that? I doubt the union would allow that.

    • bigyankeemike - Aug 7, 2011 at 5:46 AM

      Wrong sport. They’re going to start HGH testing in the NFL.

  8. Jack Marshall - Aug 7, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    What nonsense. Edes’ info is called “hearsay.” It is worthless. Holding Ortiz responsible for what Edes says an unnamed source says David Ortiz is feeling is an unfair and illogical response to incompetent and unethical journalism. Who’s authorized to tell the public what YOU are thinking?

    What’s the matter with you people?

  9. bloodysock - Aug 7, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    He was pissed last year too when they didn’t extend him, only to have the front office exercise their above market $12.5MM option on him for this season.

    For better or worse, Theo doesn’t sign players mid-season (not including the early April signings to manage the luxury tax (e.g. Beckett, Buchholz, Gonzalez)).

  10. newpairofsox - Aug 7, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    I love ya Papi, but shut up.

    • ditto65 - Aug 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      I don’t like you one bit Papi, so shut up.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 7, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    I think he is hurt more by being 36 with no position on defense. If he thinks things are so bad in Boston he should go sign with Oakland or Seattle.

  12. pisano - Aug 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    He’ll take whatever they offer him, at 36 or 46 which ever he is, he has no leverage. Don’t think for one minute Boston and the rest of the ML baseball hasn’t seen the corner the Yankees have backed themselves into with Posada, and next will be Jeter,and then Arod. If I’m correct the Yankees have Arod until he’s 42 and I hate to think about seeing him trying to hit and field at 42. As an earlier poster stated “it’s a young mans game”

  13. stairwayto7 - Aug 7, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Ortiz will bring down the RedSox clubhouse with this! His whining and roid abuse will nto get him a hugh contract, plus if he goes to another team he will be what he is.. fat old guy who can’t play the field!

    • Ari Collins - Aug 7, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      Do you think he’ll get a Hugh Lawrie contract or a Hugh Grant contract?

      Either way, I’m sure you’re right and this will destroy the very fabric of the Red Sox clubhouse.

  14. Jack Marshall - Aug 7, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    The comments on this silly post spawned by Edes lazy and unethical journalism continue to amaze. Bash Ortiz for something he never said; that’s fair. Here is what Sox beat writer Pete Abraham posted on the “controversy”:

    “According to a report by, David Ortiz is upset that the Red Sox have not started negotiations with him on a new deal. But as recently as 10 days ago, Ortiz told the Globe that he was not concerned about his contract status and that talks should wait until the end of the season. It is believed Ortiz and the Red Sox front office agree on that point.

    “The story quotes “a source close to the player” saying, “David is (too) proud and respectful to say how he feels in public, but the guy feels hurt, upset by the way that he is being ignored by the Red Sox.”

    “That seems odd given that Ortiz went public in discussing his desire for a new contract last season on numerous occasions. Ortiz has never been reticent about saying how he feels about any subject.

    “It was only a few days ago when Ortiz busted into a press conference being held by Terry Francona to voice his displeasure over a scoring call that cost him an RBI. Now he’s too respectful to talk about his contract? The bottom line is that Ortiz wants to stay in Boston and the Red Sox, for the right price, would welcome him back. There will be plenty of time to conduct that business after the season.”

    The verdict: this whole thread is idiotic.

  15. nomoreseasontix - Aug 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    I’m hurt by the whining of an over-weight, soon to be washed up ballplayer wanting a long term deal.

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