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Red Sox will continue to discuss a contract extension with David Ortiz throughout the season

Jan 10, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

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David Ortiz may be 38 years old, but he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down yet. He is coming off of a season in which he posted a .959 OPS and unfathomably productive during the post-season when he helped the Red Sox win the World Series. Ortiz is also eligible for free agency after the 2014 season. Representatives of the Red Sox have been talking with Ortiz and his agent Fern Cuza of Relativity Baseball about an extension.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, appearing on The Hot Stove Show on Thursday, said he expects the organization to continue speaking with Ortiz about his contract situation throughout the season. Via WEEI:

“Probably so,” Cherington said when asked if talks with Ortiz and his agent, Fern Cuza, will be taking place in the coming months. “I can say that because I think there’€™s always dialogue with David and with Fern. That’€™s important to me. It’€™s important to ownership. It’€™s important to the organization to have open dialogue with our key players and David is certainly one of those. We’ve talked this winter.”

Ortiz signed a two-year, $26 million deal with the Red Sox in November 2012. The contract stipulated a salary of $11 million for 2014, but escalated to $15 million when Ortiz was able to avoid the DL with the Achilles tendon injury that caused him to miss two and a half months between mid-July and the end of the regular season in 2012. Ortiz’s next contract, which could also be his last, is likely to include some slightly more stringent incentives.

  1. bigtganks - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I think I’ve heard this same story before except his name was Roger Clemens. Mid to late thirties. Slowing down badly. Then all of a sudden he’s beyond excellent. He’s doing things no ones ever done, much less way past their prime.

    Please don’t tell me the rest of you are taking the bait. Thumbs up if you think he’s taking “something” other than Gatorade and red bulls. Thumbs down if you think he’s clean as a whistle.

    • Caught Looking - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      I’m sure he’s drinking Vitamin Water and Capri Sun, two products he endorses.

      • mikhelb - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        ** Ángel Presinal likes your comment **.

    • nobodyimportant00 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      This is just about the laziest thing I’ve seen written in a while. All it takes is a quick glance at bRef to disprove it. David Ortiz did not “suddenly get better” out of nowhere. He’s a model of consistency. Barring injury plagued years he’s been the same guy he’s always been: slow footed, great ball contact, and a defensive liability. He hits right around.380 OBP and 130 OPS+ and has done since 2003. He HAS NEVER SLOWED DOWN HITTING IN MID THIRTIES. He seems to have figured out how to drive baseballs in the early 00’s and never stopped doing so, before or after steroid allegations. He’s always been slow and a ham handed defender. The Twins famously traded him because of that (like they never heard of a DH or something. WTF were they thinking?)

      I should hope your thumbs down count is really, really high.

      • mikhelb - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:29 AM

        David Ortíz still trains with Ángel Presinal in the DR.

        Presinal was famously banned from every MLB stadium after he was caught with a bag full of steroids in 2001 and lots of the players he has trained have tested positive, among them: Manny Ramírez (before and after he left the Red Sox), David Ortíz, Melky Cabrera, Sammy Sosa, Bartolo Colón, Juan González… oh yea, ARod too. But unlike others named in the George Mitchell Report, David Ortíz and Manny Ramírez were not mentioned even though Mitchell knew they both trained with Presinal (and yet took special interest in the rest of non-red sox players known to have trained with Ángel).

      • nobodyimportant00 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:49 AM

        So its guilt by association is it? Great. Look, when he fails a test, or you have some ACTAUL EVIDENCE, get back to me. Otherwise this is just slander.

      • Reflex - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:58 AM

        You know a lot of guys who have not been found to be using also have trained with Presinal, right? Is guilt by association your only standard? Literally every gym every ballplayer goes to likely has guys who are involved with steroids, and the trainers they use can likely hook them up. It does not mean they are using. He trains virtually all of the major DR players. That does not mean all or even most of them are using anything. It does mean he’s a damn good trainer who apparently can hook a player up with PED’s if they wish, however.

      • tony34343434 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        yeah what he FIGURED out was how to shoot up! he is a roid head the the sox’s wins are tainted!!! cheaters

      • nobodyimportant00 - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Prove it.

    • tony34343434 - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      Ortiz DID FAIL A TEST. He tested positive for a banned substance but that doesnt matter because he said he didnt know how that got into his body. So we should all believe that!!!!!

      • darealdeuceswild22 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        Did he? Which test and when? Oh yeah, your the asshole who believes everything he reads. The internet is pure truth. I bet you have a French model boyfriend as well…

      • tfbuckfutter - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        He didn’t say he didn’t know how it got into his body.

        He said he didn’t know what he tested positive for.

        That was during the anonymous testing, when players weren’t being tested or punished so they weren’t as careful. Because of that it just as likely could have been a tainted supplement as it could have been steroids. (Don’t know if you follow football but they had a rash of supplements turn up with banned ingredients not listed on the label).

        He’s never shown up in any other scandals, or seen a dip in his production.

      • tony34343434 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        yes you are the guy 5 foot 5 sitting in his mom’s basement pleasuring himself to the red sox. i love when people are tough guys on the computer. was it because your uncle touched you in your naughty spot that you cannot connect with girls and can only chat on the computer. Ortiz did fail a test and is a roid head just like Manny. All the world series the sox won were from cheating. next time you pleasure yourself dare douche to pics of oritiz tighten the belt a little tighter around your neck would be good for all of us especially your mom.

      • tony34343434 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        the guy tested positive, he is as guilty as A-rod.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Comparing Ortiz to A-Rod is like comparing Jimmy Carter to Stalin.

    • paperlions - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      In 2008, Ortiz had a wrist injury. He had a partially torn sheath around a wrist tendon. Wrist injuries are hell for hitters and can take a while to recover from. When healthy Ortiz has been fine. He has yet to be healthy and unproductive as he ages.

  2. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:00 AM


  3. theskinsman - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Give him whatever he wants. No player in the game better at the plate in the playoffs. None.

  4. bowltr - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Hey important…….the twins did not famously trade him they released him and he did fail a ped test so how bout getting your facts straight

    • paperlions - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      There is no evidence that he failed a test. His name was “leaked” in a story with no sources as being on the list of 100+ players that failed a test during the year of PED test trials in MLB. Of course, those tests were anonymous and player names were NOT associated with the samples.

      You might want to look into what facts are and how to go about getting them straight.

      • bowltr - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Hey I’m a Sox fan but I can also call a spade a spade or a ped user a ped user.
        Are you so foolish to think no Sox ever did them?
        Why not Poppi? Manny did them and they were buddies why is it such as stretch to think Poppi did them?
        He did fail a test and he admitted it.

      • paperlions - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Find me a link to a confirmation that he failed a test or a quote from Ortiz admitting such.

        All you will find is Ortiz saying he was never informed that he failed a test.

  5. pastabelly - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    David Ortiz hit .091 in the ALCS against Detroit. It’s obvious that he’s washed up. :)

    • umrguy42 - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      As a Cards fan, I just wish he’d’ve hit .091 in the WS ;p

  6. bowltr - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    My evidence is him admitting that he tested positive for something………he just didn’t know what that something was.
    He’s still trying to get to the bottom of it…………….just like OJ is still looking for the real killer.

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