David Ortiz is staying put and will play for the Boston Red Sox next season.
Ortiz signed a two-year deal worth $26 million, which means he could be a Red Sox player until the end of his career.
The MLB off-season is still young for the Red Sox, and they have already made a handful of moves.
“My focus right now is to provide what this organization expects from me the next couple of years,” Ortiz said to reporters.
Former Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine was fired when the regular season ended, and Ortiz had some interesting comments to make about his former manager.
“After he went on national TV to say what he said, he sent me a text message trying to tell me that it was the media trying to change things,” Ortiz said, according to ESPN Boston.
“I did not respond to the message and I said to myself, this guy must have some mental issues or needs medicine or something? I said, I am dealing with someone crazy and I am not going to drive myself crazy, so it is better if I leave it alone.”
So Ortiz was apparently not too fond of Valentine. Who knew?
The veteran designated hitter was injured for most of last season, but has usually been a healthy player for the Red Sox. Ortiz suffered a strained Achilles, and went back on the disabled list after just a few days.
Ortiz replied to Valentine’s remarks about shutting down last season because the Red Sox were out of the playoffs. Ortiz claims that the doctors were the ones that kept him from playing, and reassured people that he did not want to make his injury worse than it was.
Doing the math, Ortiz will be making $14 million dollars in this upcoming year, which is $500,000 less than he made last year on his one-year deal.
This deal is a smart move for the team, and Ortiz still benefits from it. Ortiz gets to stay with his team, while the organization can spread out close to $30 million over the next two years. More importantly, the Red Sox have their slugger back as the leader of the team.
Ortiz, 36, has been playing in the majors for 17 years, which means the “B” on his helmet will most likely be there when he walks away as one of the most popular Red Sox players of all-time.