Ortiz On Extension With Boston: ‘This Is The Place I Want To Be’

March 24, 2014 6:54 PM
Ortiz On Extension With Boston: ‘This Is The Place I Want To Be’
" SARASOTA, Fla. (AP/CBS) — David Ortiz wants to finish his career with the Boston Red Sox.

“I love playing the game. I love being part of this organization, and knowing that you’re going to finish your career here,” the 38-year-old said Monday. ‘It’s something that’s a huge accomplishment.”

Due $15 million in 2014 in the final season of a two-year deal, Ortiz agreed Sunday to a new contract that calls for a $16 million salary in 2015 and could be worth up to $48 million over three years. Ortiz’s contract includes a $10 million club option for 2016 that could escalate to $16 million and become guaranteed, and a club option for 2017, also at $10 million to $16 million.

“This is the place I want to be,” the 38-year-old designated hitter said. “This is the place that I know.”

Ortiz said the agreement will make him “stress less.”

A nine-time All-Star during 11 seasons with Boston, Ortiz has 431 major league homers. Big Papi and the Red Sox have spent a lot time discussing his future — one year at a time.

“I guess you guys get tired of me talking about contracts all the time,” he said "

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