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Big Papi: Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz agree on $16 million contract extension

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Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will enter the 2014 season a satisfied man. According to a report by ESPN on March 23, the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Big Papi that pretty much assures he will finish his career in a Boston uniform.

After leading the team to its third championship in ten years, Ortiz began grumbling about adding another year to the two-year contract he signed prior to the 2013 season. The team finally gave way as according to multiple sources, the 38-year-old designated hitter agreed to a $16 million extension for the 2015 season, which is a $1 million increase from the $15 million he will be paid in 2014.

The contract extension guarantees that Ortiz will be in a Red Sox uniform until 2017 when he will turn 42. In a statement released by the team, owner John Henry described how much Big Papi means to the organization and how important it is for him to end his career in Boston.

“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. It is difficult to describe David’s contributions to our city both on the field and off the field, and we are so proud to have this ambassador of our game with us as he continues on this road to Cooperstown.”

David Ortiz has been a major contributor and leader for the Red Sox throughout his career with the team. Although he has been struggling so far this spring, Ortiz feels its nothing to worry about. Perhaps part of it had to do with contract talks between him and the team. Now that the extension has been agreed upon, Big Papi can turn his attention to the field just in time for the team’s opening game against the Baltimore Orioles.

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