David Ortiz says agent talking to Red Sox about extension

David Ortiz held the World Series trophy aloft during the rally in November.
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David Ortiz held the World Series trophy aloft during the rally in November.

CAP CANA, Dominican Republic — As David Ortiz was sitting down for an oceanside news conference Friday afternoon, former teammate Jacoby Ellsbury had just been introduced as the latest member of the Yankees. He landed a contract worth $153 million.

On Thursday, Ortiz’s close friend, Robinson Cano, was in Seattle trying on a new uniform after accepting a $240 million deal from the Mariners.

“One in, one out. That’s the way it is. It’s a business,’’ Ortiz said. “I’m pretty sure the Yankees offered Ells what he was looking for. Same for Cano with Seattle.”


At 38, Ortiz knows those financial mountains are not ones he can climb. But he hopes to negotiate a one-year extension with the Red Sox that would take him through the 2015 season and perhaps retirement.

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Ortiz will make $15 million in 2014, the second year of his deal. The All-Star designated hitter and World Series MVP wants the relationship to continue.

“I have a contract for next year. I would like to talk to them and see if we can agree on another year and see what happens after that,” Ortiz said. “I think we are in the best situation right now, especially after winning the World Series.

“My agent [Fernando Cuza] and them, they’re talking right now to see if we can get another year. Hopefully everything goes well. I’m feeling good.’’

According to a Red Sox source, there are no negotiations at the moment. If substantive talks are held, they would come next month or during the season. The sides informally agreed in 2012 to table any further discussions until after the two-year contract was completed.


After his news conference, Ortiz clarified the situation to the Globe.

“We’ve talked before and had some words about it. I feel good about it,” he said. “I don’t see any reason why not. You know how it is; I’m going to produce. I shouldn’t have to wait until after the season. We’ll see.”

Later in the day, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said the team is open to a discussion.

“Our hope certainly is that he finishes his career in a Red Sox uniform. So at some point there will be a conversation about that. I don’t know when that will be,” Cherington said.

Ortiz is hosting the sixth annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic this weekend, a fund-raiser for children’s charities in Boston and the Dominican Republic. Cano is expected to arrive Saturday.


Ortiz said he was surprised that Cano ended up in Seattle. With the Yankees finishing out of the playoffs, he thought they would retain the star second baseman.

“He was clear what he wanted,’’ Ortiz said. “I just couldn’t believe that the Yankees and the situation they are [in] right now, and being who he is, didn’t get closer to what he was asking.

“This is business, like I told him. Organizations are going to do what they’re capable of at the time. [The Yankees] tried. It wasn’t what he deserved, that’s the way I see it. People are always going to give you what you deserve.

“He’s young, talented [and] he’s in his prime. With the money that people are getting in baseball, he got respected. That’s the way I see it.”

Ortiz is pleased with the what the Red Sox have done, particularly retaining first baseman Mike Napoli and signing catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Ortiz and Pierzynski were teammates in Minnesota and remain close.

“You’re going to get nothing but winning games with A.J. He’s an experienced catcher. He’s a guy that you want on your team because he’s going to give you whatever it takes to win a baseball game,’’ Ortiz said.

He then laughed when asked about Napoli.

“My boy, Nap. He’s as wild as it comes. He’s going to give you everything. He’s all-in every night. That’s the reason we’re world champions today,” Ortiz said.

The loss of Ellsbury and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to free agency didn’t seem to bother Ortiz too much.

“They did well as long as they were [with the Red Sox]. I’m going to miss my boy Jacoby. He’s a guy who gets on base for myself. When he was on, he was on. Great player,” he said. “Salty, same thing. He’s like a little brother to me. He always asked for a lot of advice when it comes down to learning something about the game. I’m going to miss both of them.”

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, one of Ortiz’s guests, has been a bystander to all the movement in the American League East. He said it was “really weird” seeing Ellsbury in pinstripes.

“He’s going to have to hear it when he comes back to Boston,” Jones said. “You look at Boston, you won’t have Ellsbury in center. I think Jackie Bradley is waiting. With New York, [Ellsbury] will be the man every day in center field. It’s going to be different.”

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