David Ortiz wants to remain in Boston. He wants to end his career with the Red Sox. However, to do so, he is looking for a two-year contract. The Red Sox did not want to give him more than a year last offseason, and it is very possible they will not want to go beyond a year this offseason. However, if they do not offer a two-year deal, there may be another team willing to go in for multiple years on the recovering slugger; the New York Yankees.
Ortiz is coming off an Achilles injury that caused him to miss the majority of the second half of the season. He returned for one game but couldn't play again. He seems to be ready for a relatively normal offseason workout program, but teams will certainly be concerned about the injury. Even still, Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald suggests the Yankees may offer Ortiz a two-year deal. And Buckley says if they do, the Red Sox should allow Ortiz to walk.
"And if the Bombers offer two years to Ortiz, get in the car and drive the big fella to New York as fast as you can before Yankees GM Brian Cashman changes his mind."Buckley's main argument against the Red Sox giving Ortiz a multi-year deal is his performance this season prior to the injury. Ortiz hit .318/.415/.611 with 23 home runs. In his contract year, Ortiz had a major uptick in performance. He hit .270/.370/.529 in 2010.
Ortiz is 37-years old and coming off a serious injury. He may not be the same player he was when the Red Sox made their run to two World Series titles, but he still has some talent left in that large frame. He can still hit for power and whatever team that signs him will likely benefit from his skills - regardless of how diminishing they may be.