Re: How many times does Ortiz have to do this...
posted at 1/30/2014 10:39 AM EST
In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
Ortiz is now changing the question, and his answer.
He specifically mentioned MULTIPLE YEAR CONTRACT, then was specifically asked, and if the Sox don't offer one, he responded "Time to move on". Those last 4 words are an exact quote. The earlier references are how it went. I again heard the questioning, in it's entirety, on the radio.
The question was if the Sox don't want to offer him a multiple year contract:
"“As long as they keep offering me a job and I keep doing what I’m supposed to do and the relationship keeps on building up, I’m going to be there. Hopefully, I won’t have to go and wear another uniform,” he said, hoping for another multi-year extension from Boston.
Toucher & Rich: Ortiz Asking For Contract Extension… Again
But if the Red Sox do not offer him a multi-year deal, or it’s not up to Ortiz’s standards, the slugger said it would be “time to move on.”
“If I have to, I’ve got no choice,” he said. “I’m not going to quit. As long as I keep hitting the ball the way I have, I’ve got to keep on giving it a try."
More than one reference to it being multiple years BEYOND what he's currently signed for. He can try to backtrack all he wants, but the history doesn't lie.
So you think he is now lying about his intentions and about what he is asking the Red Sox for? You are awfully quick to assume and believe the worst about him.
Nowhere, to my knowledge, has he said he wants a new contract of multiple years after 2014. I am aware that the question that he was asked made reference to "multi-year extension," or something along those lines, but I find it more plausible that he misunderstood or misspoke (or that those reporting on his response misinterpreted it) than that he is spinning some web of deceit regarding his contract wishes.
All he has said in the past indicates that he would simply like to avoid playing this year with free agency looming over him; he would like the security of knowing his next year is guaranteed. When he received the two-year deal as a free agent after 2012 he seemed happy with that. I don't see why, a year later, he would suddenly be looking for a guarantee through 2016 (three seasons in the future) or beyond. Surely he understands at his age that is not going to happen, not from the Red Sox and not from anyone else. (His comment that he does not know how long he will play - it could be two more years or three or ten - supports this as well.)
I think you can bank on a one-year extension happening in the next couple of months. That is the best thing for the franchise and for Papi.