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David Ortiz Confident He'll be With Red Sox In 2011

David Ortiz was in attendance for the Celtics' season-opener Tuesday night, and while he was there he took the time to comment on his future with the Red Sox. Big Papi said that he "was confident he would remain" in Boston, adding, "We're going to talk next week."

The Red Sox have a $12.5 million option for 2011. They have until three days after the World Series ends to decide if they want to pick up the option or not. It's thought that Ortiz wants a multi-year deal with Boston. 

According to ESPN Boston, the team is leaning toward picking up the option. 

After a couple of relative down years in 2008 and 2009, Ortiz, who will be 35 in 2011, rebounded with a great 2010: 32 home runs with a .529 slugging percentage and a 137 OPS+ while appearing in 145 games.