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Red Sox nearing deal with Ortiz

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 21, 2014 12:30 PM

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — For several weeks, David Ortiz has expressed confidence that he would reach agreement on a one-year contract extension with the Red Sox. Now, with spring training winding down, an announcement is expected in the coming days.

Sources said Ortiz is seeking $15 million for 2015, essentially the same deal he has for the coming season.

Ortiz hit .308 with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs last season. He followed that by hitting .353 in the postseason with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 16 games.

“Everything is going the right way,” Ortiz said Thursday. “I’m not worried.”

Ortiz’s agent, Fernando Cuza, has had at least three in-person visits with Red Sox officials during spring training and was at JetBlue Park on Thursday.

The 38-year-old Ortiz said in December and again in February that he wanted to finish his career with the Red Sox and was looking to play two more seasons before considering retirement.

Ortiz has hit .300 with a .952 OPS and 114 home runs over the last four seasons and remains a formidable presence in the middle of the lineup.

Ortiz grumbled about his deal several times over the winter, saying he would consider moving on to a new team if a deal could not be reached. But such talk quieted down after Cuza’s first meeting with the Red Sox on Feb. 21.

"I know where he's coming from. He wants to finish his career here and we should try to make that happen,” Sox principal owner John Henry said in February.

Henry also owns the Globe.

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