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Report: Ortiz upset at lack of contract talks

Posted on: August 6, 2011 8:40 pm
 
Ortiz

By Evan Brunell

A source close to David Ortiz told ESPN Deportes that the Red Sox DH is privately unhappy that Boston has not approached him with a contract extension.

"David is (too) proud and respectful to say how he feels in public, but the guy feels hurt, upset by the way that he is being ignored by the Red Sox," said the source, in a repeat of a sentiment voiced each of the past few seasons, when Ortiz's future has not been guaranteed with the Red Sox.

"After all he's done here and having a good season, he was at least hoping to be approached by the team to talk about his future," the source said.

Ortiz entered Sunday with a .289/.378/.537 line, enjoying his beast season since 2007. He will be a free agent after the year, working with the Red Sox on a club option year, having completed his four-year, $52 million deal after 2010. In both 2009 and 2010, stories popped up about Big Papi's displeasure with his contract situation. This year is no different, and more dire now that he has no safety net beyond the year.

"The truth is yes and no," Ortiz said before Saturday's game as to whether he was hurt by the lack of discussions. "Yes, because I should be facing a better situation when I'm having a good year. And no because at some point something has to happen and those are things that I can't control."

Ortiz, who has stated in the past he would like to retire with the Red Sox, said no discussions have taken place this season and he is unsure why.

"I don't know what to say exactly about that. It's a question that I get often, and I don't know what to say," Ortiz said. "Maybe they are focusing on something different. ... This sport is a business above all. People know what I can do. Right now I don't see myself in another uniform, but that's not up to me. It will be decided in free agency."

All due respect to Ortiz, it makes no sense for Boston to sign an extension right now. Although Big Papi is enjoying his best season since 2007, he's not all that far off from experiencing a similar year to 2010, when he was a complete zero in April. The year before, he struggled through April and May before kicking into a groove. There's no reason for the Red Sox to get hasty and commit years and dollars to an aging DH who has shown chinks in his armor in recent seasons. If he keeps up his production through the year, the Red Sox will certainly be interested in bringing the slugger back for another year or two. But Ortiz needs to wait until then.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:56 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Report: Ortiz upset at lack of contract talks

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Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Report: Ortiz upset at lack of contract talks

No question that Big Papi is ver popular in Boston but if he and/or his agent feel that bemaoning a lack of a contract extension will garner him a multiyear,high dollar contract I think they are mistaken and the griping will only detract from his popularity. As he says it a business (baseball) and when it is most advantageous to the Sox he"ll get a new contract but I'm willing to bet it won't be for three years at 12Mil a year.



Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: August 7, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Report: Ortiz upset at lack of contract talks

David Ortiz is one of the rare people that transcends the numbers.....he's been good for the Red Soz and all of Major League baseball....at the very least, he should have a Wakefield type of contract that self renews when the option is picked up.....find a common ground and bring Papi back...



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:19 am
 

Report: Ortiz upset at lack of contract talks

How about we cut your contract in half and make it for one year? Thirteen million a year is Adrian money, not David Ortiz money.  I am sure you would agree with that, wouldn't you?"  

Off your knees.  Cut his contract in half you say? Are you kidding me?  And by the way no, 13 million per season isn't Adrian money.  Adrian starting next season will be making 20 million per season for 7 consecutive years.  20 million is Adrian money, 13 million is Ortiz money.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:15 am
 

Report: Ortiz upset at lack of contract talks

I don't know if Ortiz is worth 13 million per season or 15 million per season or 5 million per season.  What I do know is this much though. I know if he ever made it to free agency there will be PLENTY of teams willing to overpay to sign this guy.  I don't know how much of his success has to do with playing in Boston with a great surrounding cast and great ballpark to hit in.  I have absolutely no idea how he would perform somewhere else if Boston doesn't sign him to an extension.   But I'm 100 percent sure other teams will be interested.  And I wouldn't be shocked if other teams bidding on his services agree to pay him 13 million per season or even more.  What I do know is Ortiz can't lose this fight.....



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:15 am
 

Report: Ortiz upset at lack of contract talks

I don't know if Ortiz is worth 13 million per season or 15 million per season or 5 million per season.  What I do know is this much though. I know if he ever made it to free agency there will be PLENTY of teams willing to overpay to sign this guy.  I don't know how much of his success has to do with playing in Boston with a great surrounding cast and great ballpark to hit in.  I have absolutely no idea how he would perform somewhere else if Boston doesn't sign him to an extension.   But I'm 100 percent sure other teams will be interested.  And I wouldn't be shocked if other teams bidding on his services agree to pay him 13 million per season or even more.  What I do know is Ortiz can't lose this fight.....



Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: August 7, 2011 12:23 am
 

Report: Ortiz upset at lack of contract talks

"I'm so sorry Big Papi.  Now that we have Adrian Gonzalez, we no longer need to spend big money on you.  How about we cut your contract in half and make it for one year? Thirteen million a year is Adrian money, not David Ortiz money.  I am sure you would agree with that, wouldn't you?"     



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Report: Ortiz upset at lack of contract talks

Why is it when a player is having a good year they think they can parlay it into a three year extension and play way below the contract's value?

I guess the article should be that Ortiz is upset that his diaper is full and Theo isn't trying to change it.


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