David Ortiz Deserves Contract Extension From Boston Red Sox After Postseason

By Devin O'Barr
David Ortiz
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The Boston Red Sox were hesitant to sign David Ortiz to a two-year deal in November of 2012.

However, the folks in Massachusetts will tell you that without “Big Papi” the Red Sox’s postseason dreams would be non-existent. Instead, Boston is enjoying another October full of baseball and Ortiz is currently the front-runner for the 2013 World Series MVP Award. While the Red Sox can act like they’ve been behind No. 34 since day one; they really haven’t. If Boston was so hellbent on keeping Ortiz in town until he retires then why only give him and a two-year deal this time last year?

Either way, Red Sox general manager Ben Charrington has a chance to redeem himself as the 37-year-old Ortiz is a free agent after the 2014 campaign. This means that Boston has plenty of time to re-negotiate Big Papi’s contract this off-season, so that he doesn’t enter his 12th MLB year with the Red Sox without a long-term deal.

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Many will point to Ortiz’s age and duration in the league and say a hefty contract isn’t necessary, but keep in mind that he’s been a designated hitter for nearly all of his career. Look for the Red Sox to sign Ortiz so that he can retire in Boston as the Beantown legend should.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google.

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