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34 David Ortiz DH
Height/Weight: 6-4/230 | Birthdate: 11/18/1975 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Boston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 18 | Salary: $14,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/93 | Average Draft Position: 69.55
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David Ortiz homers in Saturday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrated his return to the lineup from a day off in style on Saturday. He blasted in the fourth inning to help his team defeat the Orioles.

Ortiz had already singled in the first. His 2-for-4 day raised his batting average to .239.


David Ortiz back in the lineup Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is back in the team's starting lineup Saturday.

Ortiz sat out Friday's game, but it was not injury-related. Ortiz is set to hit third against the Orioles. 


David Ortiz able to return Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was able to return to the lineup Sunday.

Ortiz was held out of Saturday's game in order to rest his calf. Ortiz has been dealing with the issue for a few weeks, but has been able to play through it. He'll take on Yovani Gallardo Sunday.


John Farrell to rest David Ortiz, Grady Sizemore this weekend


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) The day off for Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was planned. The tightness in his calf he has been experiening for weeks was not the primary reason for his absence in the Saturday lineup, John Farrell told WEEI.com.

Farrell is merely giving his veteran starters occasional rest. Grady Sizemore is expected to sit on Sunday in the series finale against Milwaukee.


David Ortiz gets day off on Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the Saturday lineup. He has been limited by an ailing calif, but it is unknown if that is the reason for his absence.

Ortiz has certainly not been affected by any physical problem. He is batting .353 with a .421 on-base percentage to start the season.


David Ortiz knocks first home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 1 for 3 with a two-run home run in his team's 6-2 win over the Orioles Wednesday.

It was the first home run of the season for Ortiz, who also drew two walks (one intentional) in the win. After opening the 2013 season with a 15-game hitting streak, Ortiz is 2 for 8 with a two-game hitting streak this season.


Calf injury doesn't sideline David Ortiz


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Red Sox DH David Ortiz made it into the starting lineup for opening day against the Orioles. Ortiz had been slowed the last week of spring training due to stiffness in his right calf.

David Ortiz says he's 'good to go' despite poor spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Red Sox DH David Ortiz has been dealing with stiffness in his right calf for about a week, but he will be in the lineup for Monday's season opener against the Orioles.

"Feeling better," he said, per The Boston Herald. "Getting there."

Ortiz is also not worried about the long offensive drought he's dealt with over the last several weeks. Ortiz hasn't gotten a hit since March 10 and finished the spring with a .054 average (2 for 37), one home run and 13 strikeouts.

"Opening Day," Ortiz said. "It's a different story now. It's the season. Good to go."


David Ortiz expected to be fine Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is expected to be ready for opening day, according to the Boston Globe.

Ortiz has been held out the past two days with a calf issue, but it's not considered serious. Manager John Farrell said the issue was "much improved" Saturday. Ortiz hit .309/.395/.564 in 518 at-bats last year.


David Ortiz out again Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will sit out Saturday against the Twins, according to the Boston Herald.

Ortiz is dealing with a calf strain. The injury also prevented him from taking part in Friday's game. It's not considered too serious, though Ortiz was initially expected to return to action Saturday.


Two key Red Sox out Friday with minor issues


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been scratched from the Friday game against Minnesota with right calf stiffness while second baseman Dustin Pedroia is out with a stomach ailment, the Boston Herald has reported. Both are expected to return Saturday.

Red Sox announce David Ortiz's one-year extension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Red Sox made DH David Ortiz's contract extension official on Sunday, the team announced. Both sides agreed on a one-year extension through 2015 with a club/vesting option for 2016 and a club option for 2017. The deal is expected to be worth a little more than $15 million, according to ESPN.

Ortiz had .308 batting average with 30 home runs and 103 RBI, leading his team to another championship.

"With this agreement, we have near certainty that David Ortiz will finish his career in a Red Sox uniform," team owner John Henry said in a statement.

Report: David Ortiz agrees to contract extension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) The Red Sox and DH David Ortiz have agreed on a one-year contract extension for a little more than $15 million, a source told ESPN. The deal could be announced Monday.

Report: David Ortiz close to signing extension


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Red Sox prolific designated hitter David Ortiz is on the verge of signing a one-year contract extension, per the Boston Globe, which claimed it could be announced in the next few days. He has been seeking a deal for $15 million for 2015.

"Everthing is going the right way," he said. "I'm not worried."

The 38-year-old Ortiz continued to mash last year, boasting a .308 batting average with 30 home runs and 103 RBI. He led his team to a World Series title by batting 353 average and five more blasts in the postseason.


Report: Future of two Red Sox stars to be determined soon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) The Red Sox will have resolution on contract negotiations with ace Jon Lester and aging designated hitter David Ortiz by opening day, sources have told WEEI.com.

Ortiz is seeking at least a one-year extension beyond 2014. Lester is slated for free agency after this season if he remains unsigned.

Various reports have claimed that the Red Sox will not allow Ortiz to walk and are destined to add a year to his contract. The future of Lester has less clarity.


David Ortiz finally in hit column with Friday double


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Perhaps his still unquenched desire to sign a contract extension has weighed on the mind of Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and caused him to start the exhibition season hitless in eight at-bats with three strikeouts.

Whatever the case, the monkey is off his back. He slugged an RBI double in a victory over Atlanta on Friday.


Red Sox president: Extending David Ortiz is a priority


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said Friday that signing designated hitter David Ortiz to an extension is a priority, per ESPNBoston.com.

The 38-year-old Ortiz has remained one of the most productive hitters in the game. He batted .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI last season and led the team to its third World Series title in 10 years.

His current deal runs out after the 2014 season.


Report: Red Sox meet Thursday with David Ortiz agent


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) The Red Sox met Thursday with David Ortiz agent Fern Cuza to discuss a new contract, though no formal offers were made, sources told radio station WEEI.

The 38-year-old designated hitter is entering the second year of a two-year, $26 million deal. He is scheduled to hit free agency after the 2014 season.


Red Sox owner: David Ortiz extension 'conceivable'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Red Sox owner John Henry says a David Ortiz contract extension is "conceivable," according to WEEI.

"He wants to finish his career here," Henry explained. "We should try to make that happen." Ortiz is entering the final year of his contract, and has asked for a one-year extension. The two sides will likely get together and discuss a deal at some point. 

Ortiz hit .309/.395/.564 in 518 at-bats last season.


David Ortiz's agent ready to talk with Red Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Red Sox DH David Ortiz's agent, Fernando Cuza, said he will be in Fort Myers, Fla., for a few days and expects to talk with Red Sox principal owner John Henry about a contract extension for Ortiz, who is in the final year of his current deal. Cuza said he hasn't engaged in any contract talks yet with the team.

"There is something to talk about. We’ll see what happens," Cuza said, per The Boston Globe.


Red Sox manager projects lineup/batting order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell provided a projected lineup/batting order during an interview with WEEI Wednesday.

The lineup consisted of Shane Victorino leading off. He was followed by Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, A.J. Pierzynski, Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley.


David Ortiz: 'When I slow down, then I'll retire'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Red Sox DH David Ortiz, who is entering the final year of his contract, is tired of being asked about when he might consider calling it a career.

"I just want people to stop talking to me about that," Ortiz said, per The Boston Herald. "When you put up numbers like I'm putting up, who's thinking about retiring, know what I'm saying? People keep on asking me, how long do you want to play? When are you going to retire? Dude, look at my numbers. I ain't planning on retiring right now. When I slow down, then I'll retire."

Ortiz has said he's fine with a one-year contract after his current deal runs out. He's set to make $15 million this season and feels that is a reasonable amount for what he should make moving forward.

"I don't even know why they're bitching about me talking about contracts," Ortiz said. "Guys putting up my numbers, they're making $25, $30 million. I'm not asking for that. I'm asking for half of it. And they're still bitching about it? (Expletive) them. I'm tired of hearing them talk (expletive) about me when I talk about my contract. Hey, every time I talk about my contract, I earn it, (expletive). So don't be giving me that (expletive)."


Red Sox could negotiate with Jon Lester, David Ortiz this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington talked with MLB Network Radio Sunday morning about starting pitcher Jon Lester and DH David Ortiz, who have just one season left on their contracts.

"We're just happy those guys want to stay in Boston. They've meant a lot to the team both on and off the field," Cherington said. "We've always had an open door, and we hope that leads to a conversation in spring training and see where it goes from there.

"We know that in a perfect world we’d have both those guys healthy and productive beyond this season."


David Ortiz seeks one-year extension from Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is looking for a one-year extension from the team, which would keep him under contract through the 2015 season, WEEI.com reports.

“We’re good. We’re good. We talked, they’re talking and I just asked for one year. I didn’t ask for anything crazy. It wasn’t like I asked for a five-year deal. It’s a one-year extension I asked for,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz had been said to be seeking a long-term deal, but if he's seeking just a one-year extension, it's possible the two sides could get something hammered out before the season begins. He hit .309/.395/.564 with 30 home runs and 104 RBI in 518 at-bats last season.


Teammate supports long-term deal for David Ortiz


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia showed his support Tuesday for teammate David Ortiz, who said recently in a television interview he would hate to leave Boston but will if he doesn't get a long-term deal. Pedroia told WEEI the Red Sox should not let that happen.

"Everyone doubts David," Pedroia said. "Everyone thinks, 'Oh, this is going to be the year that he doesn’t hit 30 home runs and drives in 100. This is going to be it. He’s getting older.' The only one who knows when that’s going to happen is David, and just by the way he’s talking, the way he’s working, just his mindset, everything -- it’s not going to stop.

"I love the fact that he always has that chip on his shoulder that he has to prove people wrong. I love that about him. I love David to death. … In my opinion, whatever he wants -- for God’s sake, he hit .900 in the World Series, you know what I mean? He’s one of the guys that when we walk into spring training, you don’t even have to worry about what he’s going to do during the year. You know it’s already done. All you have to do is press play.

"I don’t look at David as how much money he makes or what kind of numbers he puts up. I look at David as what he brings to our team and how he’s going to help us accomplish our goals, and it goes a lot further than him just being a DH."