Ortiz, 38, signed a two-year, $30 million pact with the Red Sox last winter after re-signing on one-year deals in 2010 and 2011. Big Papi would become a free agent following the 2014 season as the contract currently stands, but he evidently wants to remain in Boston through 2015.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported in November that the Red Sox and Ortiz had agreed not to discuss an extension until his current contract expires at the end of next year, but it's appears that agreement is no longer in play.
When Ortiz re-upped with the Sox after an injury-plagued 2012 season, there was no telling how it would look in a year's time. He played in just 90 games that season and various setbacks from his achilles injury left his availability for the start of 2013 up in the air. The club's deep concerns about his achilles tendon -- guaranteeing him just $11M of his $15M in salary unless he could stay off the disabled list -- turned out to be unfounded, however, as Ortiz suited up for 137 games and led the club to his (and its) third World Series title in the last decade.
Ortiz was far and away the best designated hitter in baseball this past season. The slugger hit .309/.395/.564 with 30 home runs in exactly 600 regular-season plate appearances, then proceeded to dominate the postseason as well. He hit an eye-popping .688/.760/.1.188 in the Fall Classic, providing about 90 percent of Boston's offense in their series victory over the Cardinals.