Designated hitter David Ortiz has been with the Boston Red Sox for 11 seasons and for those 11 seasons he has been the team's unquestioned leader. He helped break the dreaded curse and added two more championships after that. Not only was he a part of three title winners, but he played a major role in each.
2004- Ortiz drove in 11 runs during the team's epic comeback in the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.
2007- He batted .714 in the division series against the Los Angeles Angels.
2013- He seemed to be the only hot bat for Boston in the World Series as he .688. Oh and he had a huge grand slam against the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS that kept the Tigers from claiming a 2-0 lead in the series.
These are the reasons the Red Sox brass needs to keep Ortiz happy and sign him to a new multi-year deal this spring.
Yesterday Steve Burton of WBZ-TV reported that Ortiz is willing to go elsewhere to finish his career if the Red Sox are unwilling to give him a long term extension. He is playing the money game quite a bit differently than his teammate Jon Lester, who said earlier this year that he would take a home town discount to stay in Boston, but Ortiz is 38 and this is his final play for a decent contract.
The Red Sox should open the vault and basically let Ortiz help himself. Without him the Red Sox aren't the hottest thing in baseball. Without him the team might not have rallied after the Boston Marathon bombing and become such a large part of the city's battle cry Boston Strong. Without him, it is conceivable, that they might still be looking to break the curse of the Bambino. Pay the man and make him happy because the 2014 team won't be as good with an unhappy Big Papi.