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In what has become almost an annual event, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is grumbling about his contract. This time, the 38-year-old says he wants a multiyear deal.
If not, he’ll look to join another team.
“If I have to. If I have no choice; I’m not going to quit,” Ortiz told WBZ television in an interview that aired Sunday.
With spring training set to start on Feb. 15, Ortiz’s comments generated headlines. But he is signed through the end of the coming season for $15 million and the Red Sox have said several times that their desire is for Ortiz to retire as a member of the team.
Ortiz broached the subject of his contract in December during a charity event in the Dominican Republic, saying he earned an extension after hitting .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs last season and leading the Red Sox to their third World Series title in 10 years.