The Boston Red Sox announced Thursday that they will exercise the $12.5 million option David Ortiz for next season. Although Ortiz hinted that he would prefer a multi-year extension, the two-sides can still work out an agreement on a new contract, if the Red Sox want to.
But Big Papi will be back in Boston for his ninth season with the Red Sox as the soon-to-be 35-year-old looks to prove doubters wrong that he can still perform at a high level.
Ortiz batted .270 with 32 HR and 102 RBI in 2010, after getting off to a slow start in April for the second year in a row, which had many people doubt whether Big Papi could recover. But with another solid season from the designated hitter, Theo Epstein and the Red Sox solidified one need for 2011 with the return of Big Papi.
The Red Sox still have a far way to go in regards to filling areas of needs this off-season but as of now, they have at least filled one need with Big Papi.