Big Papi Ready To Renegotiate

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Boston Herald - David Ortiz is eating healthier and taking his fitness more serious as he starts to age. He is looking for a long-term deal that will allow him to finish his career in Boston and possibly get his number retired.

Ortiz’ current deal, which he signed in April 2006, runs through 2010 with a team option for 2011. In each of the seasons, he’s slated to make $12.5 million per year.

Ortiz was third in RealGM's season FIC with a score of 330, which only trailed Alex Rodriguez's 399 and Magglio Ordonez's 340. Ortiz had a Reina Value of +63%, making $13.25 million but 'deserving' $21.6 million.

“Yeah, we’re going to renegotiate. This organization, they’ve been happy with what I’ve been doing,” said Ortiz, who noted that no talks have been broached regarding an extension. “Anything can happen, but if they see you trying to do your thing and do what you’ve got to do, the time will come. Before my contract is over I would like to renegotiate so that I can stick around. This is my team. This is it right here.

“When I finish my contract I’ll be 34, turning 35 two months after the end of the season. (Getting another deal) is motivation. You want to get to the point where you have happy people around you and people don’t say anything bad about you. . . . The market (when the contract was signed) wasn’t like it is right now. I did what I was supposed to. They offer me $60 million, so what am I supposed to do, say no? Because I’m David Ortiz, and I’m Superman? I’ve got my kids and my family to take care of. Now my kids are taken care of.”
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