Ever since he decided to accept salary arbitration way back in early December, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has expressed a desire to stay with Boston long term. On Saturday, there were indications that his wish may be granted.
According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherrington and David Ortiz's agent Fern Cuza met yesterday to discuss a possible contract extension for the 36-year old designated hitter. Cuza did not release any further details.
By accepting arbitration, Ortiz is set to make 12.5 million dollars this season as the Red Sox designated hitter. Because Ortiz has expressed displeasure over the past few years over his expiring contract, it makes since for the Red Sox to extend him for a couple of years. Not to mention, Ortiz has managed to stay productive even at his age.
In 2011, Ortiz hit .309 with 29 home runs and 96 RBI in 525 at bats for the Red Sox. Ortiz earned his seventh All-Star berth and his fifth sliver slugger. If I'm the Red Sox, I'm gonna try to make David Ortiz a happy camper.