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Red Sox sign David Ortiz to $16 million contract for 2015

Mar 23, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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From Rob Bradford of WEEI comes word that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract extension with veteran designated hitter David Ortiz. The deal will be announced by the team on Monday.

Ortiz was already under contract for $15 million in 2014, and now gets a nice $1 million raise for the 2015 campaign. He made his desire for a one-year extension well known this winter and the defending World Series-champion Red Sox came through a week before Opening Day.

Ortiz hit .688 (11-for-16) with two home runs and six RBI in last year’s World Series and .309/.395/.564 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI in 137 games during the 2013 regular season.

The new contract keeps him in Boston through age 39.

  1. dogfromduckhunt - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    He hit .309 last regular season.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Yes, as stated in the article above.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Someone should point out to you that the article already addresses this.

      • dogfromduckhunt - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        When the article was first posted it listed his average last season at .287. The blogger has since corrected the mistake.

        You’re welcome.

    • tony34343434 - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Do the Red Sox throw in free PED”S or does Ortiz get them himself? Yes he did test positive and is a cheater like the rest! Like he said, ” i have no idea how that got into my body” It is like saying i have no idea how she got pregnant? ahahahahahah

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        Being clever is hard.

        I’d suggest you find some PEDs that will help in that arena.

        (Your first taste is free….”lol” or “ahahahahahah” not only makes whatever you said sound stupider, it also makes you look like a humongous jackass.)

      • tony34343434 - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        nice to be a tough buy when your anonymous! the guy tested positive, whey let the facts get in the way of a good story.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        I will try to work on being an easier buy in the future.

        Perhaps I will consider putting myself on sale.

        Thank you for the feedback on the product in question.

        While we are discussing your opinion of our products, may I interest you in this delightful apostrophe? It can be used to properly contract multiple words into a single word. I think you might find this product useful in the future, although I do recommend you read the owner’s manual in its entirety.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        Tony, your name could use more 3′s and 4′s in it.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      So far this spring he is 3 for 35 which is a BA of .057. Thanks to a home run, his OPS is .303. Good thing that spring training numbers do not count when the regular season begins.

      • sabatimus - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        So why bring it up if it means nothing?

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Because it might signal a poor year.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Correction: So far this spring, Ortiz is 2 for 35. Darned typo. His BA this spring really is a rather weak .057.

  2. sandpiperair - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    And .688 in last year’s World Series.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Best part of the World Series number is that one of his few outs was the grand slam that Beltran stole.

  3. 18thstreet - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Batting average? What years is this?

  4. dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Ortiz finished 8th among MLB batters in wOBA last year at .400. 8th in wRC+ (152).

    • rje49 - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      What’s that mean in real words?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        You suck at math?

      • NatsLady - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        Means he’s a pretty f***ing good hitter.

        wOBA http://www.fangraphs.com/library/offense/woba/

        wRC+ http://www.fangraphs.com/library/offense/wrc/

        Jayson Werth led the NL in Weighted Runs Created, Miguel Cabrera led the AL.

        Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+) measures how a player’s wRC compares with league average. League average is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than league average. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.

        wRC+ is also park and league-adjusted, allowing one to to compare players who played in different years, parks, and leagues. Want to know how Ted Williams compares with Albert Pujols in terms of offensive abilities? This is your statistic.

        http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=1&season=2013&month=0&season1=2013&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=19,d

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=woba+definition

        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=wRC%2B+definition

  5. peddealer - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    >.300 in 2014
    >.280 in 2015

    No playoffs either year!

    Suck on that

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      It’s always a great idea to predict next year’s playoff teams before the prior season even starts!

      • paperlions - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        Well, if you are later going to say, “you heard it hear first” you’ve got to get those out early.

    • sabatimus - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      On what?

  6. sportsfan18 - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    This will be the year Big Papi begins his decline…

    Father Time is, as we all know, undefeated.

    He won’t fall off a cliff this season, just regress…

    Next season he will fall off the proverbial cliff.

    Hopefully the Sox are OK with what’s he’s done to this point (last yr and the playoffs last yr he certainly earned his money).

    He’s gonna make $31 over this yr and next and won’t amount to much stat wise combined over the next two seasons…

    • aceshigh11 - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      How do you know when he’s gonna decline?

      Of course it WILL happen at some point, but he’s been counted out too many times and then come back gangbusters for anyone to definitively make predictions at this point.

    • American of African Descent - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      While you’re at it, can you please give me next week’s lottery numbers, and tell me where the S&P500 will end the year so I can buy some options?

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      The whole point of this contract is to only overpay Ortiz one year instead of five. It’s a smart move by the Red Sox to limit risk, and Ortiz to get his and retire a Red Sox player.

      Worst case they are on the hook for next year. Ortiz, if anyone has earned the right to be overpaid one year.

    • sabatimus - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      I seem to remember a few years back when Dale Arnold, Michael Holley et al were saying Ortiz was done when he hit abysmally in the first 2 months…He came back to hit 28 HR and still have an OPS+ of 102 despite a .238 BA (the .332 OBP sure helped).

  7. baseballisboring - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Gotta pay him until he shows some sign of slowing down.

  8. chip56 - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Estimated time until he’s whining about this deal is the 2014 All Star Break.

  9. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    How much is his PED dealer making? The guy is as guilty as sin and why and how he hasn’t been caught yet is beyond human rational

    • chip56 - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      He was caught – claimed he was going to investigate what happened that caused him to fail. I believe he’s using the same people OJ hired to find out who really killed Nicole Simpson

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      how he hasn’t been caught yet is beyond human rational

      Maybe because he’s not on anything? It’s a novel idea I know…

  10. straightouttavtown - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    16 million is chump change to these owners and it seems like Ortiz is content to earn his pay day year to year. No front office would complain about this type of arrangement.

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Thank you. He’s sold more than 16 million dollars in Ortiz jersey and merchandise let alone the other tangible and intangible benefits he has created for the valuation of the Red Sox.

      Henry is going to make bank when he sells this team and he owes no small part of that to Ortiz and what he has contributed to the success of this team.

  11. keltictim - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    David allegedly failed one test before during the testing that was supposed to be anonymous before any penalties were instituted. He did not say he had no idea how that got into my body, what he did say was that he would find out what he failed for and there would be an explanation because he doesn’t cheat. In all fairness he never did come clean about what triggered the failed test. That being said it is very possible he failed for a OTC ingredient in a legal weight supplement, but because he never told us what it was we don’t know. Since he has never failed any other tests I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. Truth, the ultimate troll slayer.

    • chip56 - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      As I said above, I believe he’s using the same firm to investigate how he failed the test that OJ hired to find out who really killed his ex wife.

      • jcmeyer10 - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        Hey kids, today we are going to learn about straw man arguments.

      • chip56 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Ortiz failed a drug test: FACT
        Ortiz said he was going to find out how that happened and make it public: FACT
        Ortiz has never said anything since: FACT
        You don’t know what a strawman argument is: FACT

  12. Caught Looking - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Let’s hope he stops bitching and whining now, though this will probably repeat itself next spring.

  13. djp266 - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    The redsox pre paid for next year based on his last years numbers which makes no business sense because even if he repeats what he put up last year is more than a dh makes in the free agent market. Good job Sox front office!!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      The redsox pre paid for next year based on his last years numbers which makes no business sense because even if he repeats what he put up last year is more than a dh makes in the free agent market.

      wOBA/wRC+
      2010 – .382/134
      2011 – .407/154
      2012 – .425/170
      2013 – .400/152

      He’s one of the best hitters in the game, and has been both since he joined the Sox and the last 4 years. $16M is not just based on last year’s numbers.

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Would you rather have Ortiz’s contract or Pujols?

    • sabatimus - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      “The redsox pre paid for next year based on his last years numbers”

      Apparently you aren’t familiar with Ortiz’ stats in seasons prior to last year.

  14. boogerhill - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    ROIDtiz has come a long way since being released by the Twinkees. Womannys hormones helped a lot!

    • 18thstreet - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Ortiz was great for the Twins. Go look. They were stupid to let him go.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        Great isn’t the word I’d use to describe him, but he did slug .500 and OPS+ around 120 in his last year in Minny. He did hit 18 home runs in just 89 games in 2001. So he always had some pop. His OPS+ jumped to 144. It’s a big jump, but you also have to remember he was only 27 at the time he joined the Sox. Plenty of guys break out at that age. Moving from the Metrodome to Fenway probably helped too.

      • 18thstreet - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        Check out the numbers versus righties. Nothing has changed there.

        But he learned to hit lefties, which changed his overall numbers.

  15. zdravit - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Now he’s guaranteed to fall off a cliff.

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