You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

David Ortiz blasts Red Sox over contract status

David Ortiz earned a warm reception in Oakland after hitting his 400th career home run on Wednesday.

Ben Margot/AP

David Ortiz earned a warm reception in Oakland after hitting his 400th career home run on Wednesday.

It’s no secret Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has has been unhappy about his contract status after settling for a one-year deal last offseason. Before Wednesday’s game, in which Ortiz slugged his 400th career home run, he told USA Today’s Jorge Ortiz in an extensive Spanish-language interview that he feels “humiliated” and “embarrassed” about his contract situation.

The Red Sox’ designated hitter hit .309 with 29 homers and 96 RBIs last season, but the newly positioned Sox general manager, Ben Cherington, opted against signing Ortiz to a multi-year contract. Instead, he offered Ortiz arbitration. They agreed to a one-year, $14.575 million deal, a $2.025 million raise from the year before.

Continue reading below

“It was humiliating,” Ortiz said. “There’s no reason a guy like me should go through that. ... And yet they don’t hesitate to sign other guys. It was embarrassing.”

Ortiz, 36, is the Red Sox’ longest-tenured player. The only player remaining from the 2004 World Series winner, Ortiz has watched the Red Sox dole out multi-year contracts to players such as Carl Crawford, John Lackey, and Adrian Gonzalez in recent years while he has remained largely in year-to-year status.

Ortiz, who is in his 10th year with the Red Sox, was the team’s only All-Star Game selection this year. He’s hitting .302 with 22 home runs and 55 RBIs.

Cherington said in an e-mail to USA Today the Red Sox would not look to start negotiations on an extension during the season.

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of