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.
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.