CAP CANA, Dominican Republic — David Ortiz said this afternoon that he is interested in a one-year contract extension with the Red Sox that would take him though the 2015 season.
Ortiz will make $15 million in 2014, the second year of his deal. The All-Star designated hitter, now 38, hopes to stay with the team beyond that.
“I have a contract for next year. I would like to talk to them and see if we can agree on another year and see what happens after that,” Ortiz said. “I think we are in the best situation right now, especially after winning the World Series.
“My agent [Fernando Cuza] and them, they’re talking right now to see if we can get another year. Hopefully everything goes well. I’m feeling good.”
But according to a Red Sox source, there are no negotiations going on at the moment. If there are any substantive talks, they would probably come during the season.
The sides also informally agreed a year ago to table any further discussions until after the two-year deal was completed.
After his press conference, Ortiz clarified the situation to the Globe.
“We’ve talked before and had some words about it. I feel good about it,” he said. “I don’t see any reason why not. You know how it is, I’m going to produce. I shouldn’t have to wait until after the season.”
Later in the day, during a press conference regarding the return of Mike Napoli, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said the team wants Ortiz to end his career in Boston.
“The door will always be open to David,” Cherington said.
Ortiz, one of the team leaders, feels a veteran presence has value as the Red Sox incorporate more young players into the lineup.
“They have to take advantage of guys like myself so [young players] can learn and know how things work [in Boston],” he said. “I’m not much of a talker. But through my actions guys learn how things go in that organization. They’ve got [Dustin Pedoia] locked up for a while, which is a good thing. Who better than Pedroia to have around for a long time? Pedey is hungry, just like the first day that he got called up.
“That guy, he hasn’t lost a beat. The base of the organization is right there.”