Ortiz, 38, is currently on a two-year, $26 million deal that he signed prior to the 2013 season, meaning he has one year left. The long-time DH has shown an abhorrence for one-year contracts in the past and would like the added job security a second year would bring.
"My agent and them, they’re talking right now to see if we can get another year," Ortiz told the Herald. "I already know that I’m going to be in [Boston] next year. It’ll be exciting knowing you’re going to be there another couple of years. I’ll be good. We’re talking. We’re exchanging words and stuff."
Negotiations have not begun, but Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington saw Ortiz's agent at the Winter Meetings and told him the team is willing to have conversations about extending the deal.
A second year may seem like a formality at this point with Ortiz looking like he will finish out the remainder of his playing career with Boston. However, one can never know if the Red Sox may one day decide to go a different direction. Additional years will also allow Ortiz to better dictate when he will retire.
For now, Ortiz is still going strong. He hit .309/.395/.564 with 30 home runs in 137 games last season and won the World Series MVP award. Since joining the Red Sox in 2003, he has posted a .962 OPS and has had just one season with an OPS under .877. Ortiz, the leader of the Red Sox clubhouse, is just 69 home runs short of 500 for his career.