Red Sox, David Ortiz agree to one-year, $16 million extension
The Red Sox and DH David Ortiz have agreed to a contract for the 2015 season.
The Red Sox and longtime DH David Ortiz have agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract for 2015, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has learned. The contract includes a vesting option for 2016.
Ortiz, 38, is a career .287/.381/.549 (139 OPS+) hitter, and he has 431 home runs across parts of 17 major-league seasons, 11 of which have been with the Red Sox. Despite his age, Ortiz is still a highly productive hitter. In fact, he owns a slash line of .311/.401/.571 since turning 35.
Ortiz and the Sox have discussing a contract for next season for some time, and a multi-year offer had reportedly been kicked around. However, one-year deals have been the standard for some time between Big Papi and the Sox.
The 2016 option vests at $11 million with 425 plate appearances in 2015, according to Heyman. The option jumps to $16 million with 600 plate appearances in 2015.