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David Ortiz is talking to the Red Sox about extending his contract

Dec 13, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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David Ortiz is under contract for $11 million in 2014, which will be his age-38 season, and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the designated hitter is talking to the Red Sox about adding another year to the deal.

Obviously all teams would prefer not to make unnecessary commitments to players nearing 40, but Ortiz has shown zero signs of slowing down and tacking on another season at a similar salary seems reasonable.

Or at least seems reasonable from the Red Sox’s point of view. Given some of the deals handed out to mediocre first basemen and designated hitters already this winter Ortiz wouldn’t be out of line having a higher price tag in mind.

  1. davidbrentfan - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    “… Ortiz has shown zero signs of slowing down and tacking on another season at a similar salary seems reasonable”

    He was showing signs of slowing down during his early to mid 30s, until his mysterious resurgence…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Or he hurt his wrist, which takes about 1.5 years to recover from after surgery, and picked up right where he left off.

      • davidbrentfan - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Or he is using PED’s, as he was already caught once. But you can’t accuse him of that, despite his history, because he’s Dominican, and according to him, it’s ‘bigoted’ to accuse him of that.

      • paperlions - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        This.

        Exact same thing that happened to Jeter. Teixeira as well….wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him struggle this year and then bounce back in 2015.

        Dominic Brown is another one.

        Wrist injuries can kill a hitter’s timing and power for a long time ever after they are able to swing a bat again.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        Or he is using PED’s, as he was already caught once.

        I’m going to put three sets of numbers next to each other. It’s entirely possible he is/was using PEDs. But I’m sticking with my wrist excuse:

        Year Games wRC+
        2003 128 145
        2004 150 147
        2005 159 157
        2006 151 157
        2007 149 175
        2008 109 124
        2009 150 100
        2010 145 134
        2011 146 155
        2012 90 170
        2013 137 152

    • paperlions - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Feel free to provide evidence that Ortiz failed a test. There was a “leaked” name rumor that was never confirmed that said he was one of the players that failed a test during the trial year. Of course, those samples were all anonymous, the numbers of samples were NEVER matched to name. A substance was never identified. Ortiz said he was never told he ever failed a test.

      • pftfan - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        A-Rod and Manny Ramirez were the other two names leaked on that report and it was the same source for all three players, and both initially denied it as well. It’s not like it was some Bleacher Report post, it was the New York Times who reported it (and were partial owners of the Red Sox at the time).

    • rudremn - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      Sounds to me like you are a die hard Yankees fan trying to divert the attention away from your 1-5 cheating line-up.. I am 38 years old in less then 2 weeks and I can guarantee.. GUARENTEE.. I can out lift, out work, out run, flat out I am in better shape then kids in their mid 20’s. I work hard 6 days week in the gym, most of the time 2-A-Days. And I am on nothing for supplements. HARD WORK PAYS OFF, doesn’t mean cheating means dedication to how you choose to live your life. He obviously made the decision to take his career more seriously, but in this society of accusations first facts second it is automatically they are doing wrong.

      • davidbrentfan - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Oh, right. Because anybody who criticizes a Red Sox player MUST be a Yankees fan, and anybody who criticizes a Yankees player MUST be a Red Sox fan.

        It is because of guys like you that people often feel the need to add the ridiculous line of ‘and by the way, I am not a _____ fan’ when they post comments.

      • rudremn - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Thumbs down all you want, I didn’t say a thing that wasn’t the truth. Laziness has taken over this country although a small part of the fault belongs to fast food companies, but this nation is FAT because it is easier to sit on the couch and rub some magic cream on your abdomen then it is to do the work and do some exercise and a few crunch’s. It is easier to pay a plow guy to come plow your driveway then it is to haul your fat butt out in the cold and shovel it yourself and finally it is easier to BLAME DRUGS for an athletes advancements then it is to admit that they are finally healthy and for that their achievements have improved because heaven forbid someone is better then you because you cant have your wife catch you in that lie that you are in fact lazy and it is not just the fact that you are getting older.

    • lbush502013 - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      That’s what I thought last year thinking why resign ORTIZ , I thought his career was all over , boy was I wrong if not for ORTIZ I don’t think the REDSOX would of won the world series , and he may strikeout , but he’s still got the power to hit 20- 30 home runs a year and knock in 90 -100+ RBI’S a year too ,but I still would wait until the season starts and see how did he complete his conditioning during this off season ….

      • davidbrentfan - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        “…then it is to admit that they are finally healthy and for that their achievements have improved because heaven forbid someone is better then you because you cant have your wife catch you in that lie that you are in fact lazy and it is not just the fact that you are getting older.”

        Wow, talk about convoluted nonsense…

        I am 29; not the middle aged/older man you are apparently envisioning that I am.

  2. babyfarkmcgeezax - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    The only thing left to hash out in their talks is how many PEDs the Red Sox will be willing to provide Roid Papi.

  3. tomtravis76 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    I am sure he is beloved by the Boston red Sox faithful, but isn’t a guy in his late 30s getting stronger and better the reason why baseball might never recover in the eyes of the casual fans?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      why baseball might never recover in the eyes of the casual fans?

      Approaching $10B in revenues, TV contracts exploding and RSN’s popping up everywhere? Yeah baseball will never recover…

      • davidbrentfan - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Baseball has an aging, predominantly white fan base. Let’s see how well the sport is doing in 15 years…

      • zzalapski - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Wasn’t this said 15 years ago?

      • tomtravis76 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        If the NFL gets greedy enough, and the NCAA situation gets even more clouded, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the NFL start its development league in the spring thru july. That would put a hurting on baseball.

        Sure MLB is making money now, but they are starting to lose the generation that grew up with baseball being America’s pastime. What are they doing to bring in new fans? The wold series can’t even draw more viewers than a regular season football game.

      • brianjoates - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        Baseball is losing kids, especially the kids who grow up in areas with more options. Baseball is boring to young kids and perceived to be played by people who use drugs. The NBA and NFL don’t run into these scandals for such widespread drug abuse. Yes, they have their issues, but the media highlights baseball year round for its downfalls.

        Baseball should start in May, there are too many games. Expanding the playoffs would be good.. Fans want drama with more options.

        Ortiz might be clean and he might not be, but you survey anyone outside of Boston, and they will think a 38 year old guy putting up numbers is on something more than whey protein drinks. Is he doing something that MLB has not caught up with yet, most likely, so then he is clean by staying ahead of the system.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        Baseball should start in May, there are too many games. Expanding the playoffs would be good.. Fans want drama with more options.

        Again, baseball is approaching $10B in revenues. Unlike the NFL that can’t stop themselves, why get in the way of a cash cow?

  4. El Bravo - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    He’s not doing roids, he’s just a cyborg. Is that illegal yet?

  5. phillysports1 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    He deserves it ! Without him Red Sox don’t win a World Series . .. Should I say two ? (2004 and 2013 ) .

    • baseballisboring - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      I would say three…

  6. sandrafluke2012 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I would give this guy more than Cano. His stats across the board show he is a better player

    • paperlions - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Except, of course, defense and base running also matter. For the same price, every team would take Cano over Ortiz, even if they were both 32.

      • bfunk1978 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        He actually played some pretty good defense in the WS. I was disappointed, hoped that he’d be a liability in the field. He was quite the opposite.

  7. slaugin - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    He was recovering from a wrist injury in his decline.

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Exactly! It’s easy to hurt ones wrist when turning it at such an angle over and over to inject themselves in their ass with roids!

      Old Roger never got a wrist injury… he had his wife inject him!

      • rje49 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        I’m not going to be sarcastic with you about that stupid remark. I’ll just point out that you normally inject into the upper leg muscle near the hip. I’ve been doing it legally for 13 years.

  8. southpaw419 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Ahh yes,once again yankees fans hafta log in and run their mouths about ortiz ‘roiding’it up again.sorry guys,but that dumpster fire you all call A-roid,is the one once again,dealing w the REAL roid accusations…not papi..so go ahead,talk crap,we’ll enjoy the world series our boys brought home for red sox nation

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Alex and Papi are cousins you know…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Ahh yes,once again yankees fans hafta log in and run their mouths about ortiz ‘roiding’it up again.

      What about the Yankee fans who are defending him?

      we’ll enjoy the world series our boys brought home for red sox nation

      Congrats, let us know when you hit double digit wins…

      • theskinsman - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        But Red Sox fans like to talk about NOW, not 100 years ago. Hope you enjoyed the playoffs and world series. I did.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        not 100 years ago.

        The Yanks have more titles in the last 17 years than the Sox have in the last 90.

      • rudremn - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        Let us know when you win a second one this century, not 21 titles 90 and 100 years ago.

    • davidbrentfan - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      “Ahh yes,once again yankees fans hafta log in and run their mouths about ortiz ‘roiding’it up again.sorry guys,but that dumpster fire you all call A-roid,is the one once again,dealing w the REAL roid accusations…not papi..so go ahead,talk crap,we’ll enjoy the world series our boys brought home for red sox nation”

      Oh, right. Because anybody who criticizes a Red Sox player MUST be a Yankees fan, and anybody who criticizes a Yankees player MUST be a Red Sox fan.

      It is because of guys like you that people often feel the need to add the ridiculous line of ‘and by the way, I am not a _____ fan’ when they post comments.

    • 65panhed - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      I’m a die hard Yankees fan but I know a star when I see one. Big Papi is a star and you’re not.

      • davidbrentfan - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        “Big Papi is a star and you’re not.”

        What kind of idiotic statement is this? Right, I am not a major league baseball star, how did you POSSIBLY figure this out?

  9. genericcommenter - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    A LOT of good/great players in history (all eras) have pretty much hit a wall and fallen off a cliff at a certain point. In the late 30s, you don’t really need to see signs of slowing down to predict that it will likely sneak up on them really fast.

  10. slaugin - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Baseball is a sport for kids that do drugs? That was the dumbest comment I’ve read in a long time

    • dcarroll73 - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      And then the silver medalist for dumbest comment was the next sentence by the same guy, “The NBA and NFL don’t run into these scandals for such widespread drug abuse.” Hahahaha! Maybe if you don’t look too hard, you won’t find things you don’t like. I would tell him to pull his head out … but why bother?

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