Big Papi Expects To Return

The Boston Red Sox have three days until after the World Series concludes to excercise David Ortiz’s $12.5 million option for next season.  So the big question is, will they?

Well Big Papi certainly thinks so, according to Mike Vega of the Globe and Jackie MacMullan of ESPNboston.com.

Papi isn’t getting any younger as the Red Sox DH turns 35 next month.  Ortiz hit .270 with 32 home runs and 102 RBI last season as the Sox have exclusive rights to the once-prolific slugger who would officially become a free agent five days after the World Series ends.

The slugger will be seeking an extension in negotiations, most likely for two years, which the Sox could do if Ortiz comes down in his asking price, preferably around $3 million per year, meaning Big Papi would have to accept a deal in the neighborhood of 2 years, $20 million.  

But the Red Sox will probably sign the big fellow to his $12.5 million option and make him earn the next contract that he thinks he deserves.

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