FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ortiz said Tuesday he received what he asked for with his $16 million on a one-year extension.
“That’s what I asked for,” Ortiz said. “I know I could have asked for more. There are a lot of players producing less making more. I think I’ve been fair. I didn’t want to be unreasonable."
Ortiz said he never asked for the vesting options. He said they were proposed by the Red Sox and he went along with them.
“We’ll see how that works. I’m healthy now. I know I can play a full season. I have to earn the money in those years by staying healthy,” Ortiz said.
The Red Sox put together a very unique contract. There are no top-five hitters in baseball who have plate appearances attached to their salary, but Ortiz’s deal does.
“That was a great deal by the team to get a hitter of that caliber for that type of deal. How would David Ortiz have done with the short porch at Yankee Stadium?” asked an American League GM.
It’s no secret that the Yankees would have likely been in pursuit had Ortiz not re-signed and if he still had a productive season. The Red Sox certainly knew that.
Ortiz will earn a base of $11 million in 2016, but can hike his salary up to $16 million if he makes 600 plate appearances. The Red Sox hold an option for 2017 at $10 million with the same elevators as 2016.
The contract is once again a win-win for the Red Sox, who put together some interesting contracts the past two years, even getting Dustin Pedroia to sign for $110 million for eight years and front-loading the contract.
The Red Sox are also trying to work out a creative deal with Jon Lester, whose final numbers should make him the highest-paid Red Sox. Lester’s minimums are likely five years at $20 million per.