It has been well documented that David Ortiz has been inquiring with the Red Sox about a contract extension. Now the slugger has said he’d be OK with continuing his playing career with another team.
On an interview with WBZ-TV’s Sports Final that aired Sunday evening, Ortiz, who turned 38 in November, said that he “would like to” retire with the Red Sox, but also stated if Boston doesn’t offer him a long term deal, it may be “time to move on.”
“I always keep on telling people, this is a business. Sometimes you’ve got to do what’s best for you and your family,” Ortiz said. “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.”
The three-time World Series champion and 2013 World Series MVP is in the final year of a two-year, $26 million deal – which increased to $30 million because of incentives – he signed in November 2012. In the 2013 regular season he hit .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs, then hit .688 with six RBIs in the World Series..
“I’m feeling good,” Ortiz said when asked about how long he would like to keep playing. “This is not a career that is forever, but as long as I’m having fun and as long as I keep on doing what I’m doing, and as long as I’m healthy, of course, I’m going to keep on giving it a try. It could be two years, it could be three years, it could be 10 years, you never know.”
Ortiz said that he’s “having fun,” and “it’s been a hell of a ride as long as [he’s] been here,” but acknowledged that not having an extension or contract that meets his standards may mark the end of his tenure in Boston.
“If I have to [leave], 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.”Jeff Pini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @jpini441