The end of an era?
David Ortiz has been vocal about his desire for a long term deal from the Red Sox. Despite being 38-years-old, Ortiz put forth one of his best seasons ever, and he wants to capitalize off that success.
Ortiz is signed through 2014 and wants a multi-year extension. When asked what he’ll do if he’s only offered one year, Ortiz stated,
“Time to move on,”
He then added:
“I’m having fun. It’s been a hell of a ride as long as I’ve been here. But as I always keep on telling people, this is a business. Sometimes you’ve got to do what’s best for you and your family…as long as they keep offering me a job and I keep doing what I’m supposed to do and the relationship keeps on building up, I’m going to be there. Hopefully, I won’t have to go and wear another uniform.”
Hard not to respect Ortiz for keeping it very real, after all this is a business, and he’s an employee. Ortiz put forth one of the best post seasons in baseball history, he’s not in any rush to hang up his cleats, so why not play for whoever will take you long term?
Now, the chances of teams lining up in droves to sign the almost 40-year-old vet is another case altogether. If the offers don’t come in, what will Ortiz do then? These are questions the Red Sox will be faced with after this season.