Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced Sunday night. The Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported Sunday the deal was worth $16 million.
“With this agreement, we have near certainty that David Ortiz will finish his career in a Red Sox uniform, which is something we have all wanted and that we are all proud of,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement released by the team.
Ortiz has a $15 million contract for this season. The 38-year-old hit .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs last season. He carried the Red Sox to a World Series title in 2013, posting a .688 batting average in the series.
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The deal, which kicks in in 2015 will tie him with Mike Napoli as the highest paid Red Sox player for 2015. The deal is a slight raise over the $15 he makes this season. Ortiz' agent, Fernando Cuza, met with the Red Sox this afternoon and hammered it out with Ben Cherington and Larry Lucchino. The hangup, even entering today's talks, had been the raise. The Ortiz side was seeking for far more but settled for the modest increase.
Ortiz has hit 431 home runs in his big league career. With the Red Sox, he has hit 373 home runs, a total that trails only Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, and Dwight Evans; he is within 10 home of overtaking Evans and Rice for third place on that list.
An extension with starter Jon Lester could also be in the works before Opening Day.