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David Ortiz says he wouldn’t agree to trade

ATLANTA — The trade deadline is July 31 but one player who definitely won’t be changing teams is Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

Even if Ortiz starts hitting again in a way that would make him attractive to other teams, along with his postseason résumé, he said he would never waive his 10/5 rights in order to be dealt to a contender.

“No chance,” Ortiz said Thursday. “This is the team I’ll be with the rest of my career.

“I couldn’t do that to my family. I couldn’t just go to another team and fit in after all of these years. I want to be here.”

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Ortiz said it would be flattering to think of another team wanting him for the stretch run, with his three championship rings and boatload of postseason success individually.

But even a team such as Minnesota, where he once played and where he first befriended Torii Hunter — who did return to the Twin Cities this season — wouldn’t be a lure.


Nick Cafardo can be reached at cafardo@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickcafardo.