David Ortiz is ready to go once again, showing up a day early for Spring Training.
According to Peter Abraham of Boston.com, Oritz isn't concerned about last year's problems but is looking forward to 2012.
"They came out and apologized. That means they're not going to do it again. For that, you need to turn the page. We're going to be thinking about the fried chicken and the beer that they had last September in March or February 2012? No. You're not going to solve any problems with that."
Ortiz and the Red Sox were able to avoid arbitration with a one year, $14.575 million contract. The 26-year-old slugger is still playing at a very high level. He posted a .307 average to compliment 29 home runs and 96 RBI.
"I'm happy with what I got," he said. "I'm not going to lie to you. I'm happy with it. ... I'm back, I'm here at least for another year and like I always tell you guys, I'm going to do my best."
It will be interesting to see if Ortiz has another year left in the tank. Obviously both he and Boston believe so, but a big man who's getting up there in age isn't always a recipe for success.
In what will be his 15th year, Ortiz will be looking to break through the 400 home run barrier, needing 22 to get it done.