According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox and David Ortiz are finalizing a new two-year, $26 million deal to keep the slugger in Boston through 2014.
Bradford adds that built-in incentives could increase the contract to a total of $30 million. This would be closer to the average annual salary of $14-$15 million that Ortiz was said to be seeking entering the offseason.
Following another impressive campaign, Ortiz was able to obtain the two-year deal he’s been seeking. The slugger was limited to 90 games, but he posted an OPS of 1.026 with 26 doubles and 23 home runs when he did play.
Despite Ortiz’s impressive production last season, there are concerns surrounding the new contract. As previously mentioned, the DH was limited to 90 games and 324 at-bats in 2012, and he turns 37 in two weeks.