David Ortiz and the Red Sox are close to agreeing to a 1-year, $15 million extension for the 2015 season, according to the Boston Globe. While no official announcement has been made, it is expected to come in the next few days with Spring Training winding down, according to the Globe. David Ortiz has repeatedly expressed confidence that a deal will get done, and reiterated that confidence again yesterday.
“Everything is going the right way,” Ortiz said Thursday. “I’m not worried.”
Ortiz said in December and February that he wants to finish with the Sox according to the Globe, and it looks like both sides are trying to make that happen.
Ortiz has been struggling in Spring Training hitting .067 (2-30) before Thursday's matchup against the New York Yankees, but that's nothing new, according to NESN.
“I can never hit in spring training,” Ortiz said, according to ESPN.com’s Gordon Edes. “Ever. I was talking to one of the guys the other day. I got to go through a lot of things, routine and stuff, that I can never do in spring training. They pitch me the same way, always. They pitch me tough. That’s why I got to go through my routines to get there. The thing is, with me, I don’t really give a (expletive) about spring training. I don’t put a lot into it.”
Manager John Farrell is among those who are not concerned about his struggles in Spring Training.
“You watch BP, the bat speed is clearly there and the power’s there,” Farrell said. “He’s seeing pitches. He’s going to get more everyday at-bats starting Sunday through the remainder of camp. So I have no concern with David.”
We'll keep you posted as the situation develops.
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