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When David Ortiz eventually retires, he might want to consider a second career as a lobbyist in Washington D.C.
For now, though, he won’t have to worry about life after baseball for at least another year, having successfully lobbied Ben Cherington and company for an extension to be with the Red Sox through 2015. There are conflicting reports saying the one-year deal is worth either $15 (ESPN) or $16 million (WEEI).
The extension finally puts the issue of Ortiz’s contract to bed — at least for one more year. I’d like to think this means the Red Sox will keep him in Boston for the remainder of his career, but who knows what contract-related drama next season’s spring training will bring between Ortiz and the franchise. Considering Ortiz’s advancing age, whatever his performance during the 2014 season turns out to be, and whether Ortiz will be happy playing out 2015 without asking for another extension, we could be seeing the same old song and dance routine this time next year.
Ortiz was entering the final season of a two-year contract worth $30 million with incentives. Coming off an Achilles injury, the 38-year-old designated hitter hit .309/.395/.564 with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs in 2013.
Jon Lester, you’re next.