The Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year extension with David Ortiz for the 2015 season, according to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the deal is worth $16 million, with Edes noting that it includes a vesting option based on plate appearances for 2016 and a club option for 2017.
Ortiz, who was slated to become a free agent after this season, was very vocal early in spring training about wanting the team to extend his deal. His agent, Fern Cuza, has spent time in Red Sox camp this spring in an effort to get a deal done.
Ortiz, 38, is coming off a 2013 season in which he hit .309 with 30 HR and 103 RBI before having one of the greatest postseasons in major league history and winning the World Series MVP award. He has been with the Red Sox since 2003, and has consistently expressed a desire to end his career with the team with whom he has won three championships. He will be 40 at the end of the contract that he signed today, and will likely look to keep playing with the Red Sox if he is healthy and productive.
In seventeen major league seasons with the Twins (1997-2002) and Red Sox (2003-2013), Ortiz is a lifetime .287 hitter with 431 HR and 1429 RBI. He has been named to nine All-Star teams and has won three World Series championships in his time with the Red Sox.