The Boston Red Sox have decided to extend designated hitter David Ortiz’s contract, which will make him a member of the team through the 2015 season. Ortiz is already set to make $15 million for the 2014 season, and his extension will net him another $15 million in 2015.
Clearly, Boston has made the right call to keep the slugger on board for an additional year on top of what his contract previously stated. What Ortiz did for the organization last season may never be matched again in the rich history of the Red Sox. The fact is he can still play the game at a very high level. The Red Sox know that if they want any chance of returning to the World Series over the next two years they will need Big Papi to lead the charge as he has done so many times before.
The left-handed batter hit .309 with 30 home runs, 103 RBI and 38 doubles in 518 at-bats in the regular season. He then went off in the postseason as he put forth a monumental effort that could only be matched by his 2004 playoff performance. Considering he put the team on his back and bulldozed his way through the postseason at the age of 38 years old just adds to the mystique.
One day the Red Sox will build a statue outside of Fenway Park in honor of one of the greatest players in franchise history. If there ever was a Boston athlete who is deserving of the honor, it is Ortiz.