Red Sox to exercise option on Ortiz

November, 4, 2010
11/04/10
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One way or another, David Ortiz is returning to the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox will exercise the $12.5 million option on designated hitter David Ortiz for next season, the team announced less than 12 hours before Thursday’s midnight deadline.

Ortiz has been vocal about wanting a long-term extension and not a one-year deal, telling WEEI.com earlier this week that he would be “not comfortable” playing on a one-year contract because of the “roller coaster” season he just went through.

The Red Sox picking up the option, however, does not preclude the sides from working out a multiyear pact. It is unclear whether there are contract discussions ongoing between the player and the club. When asked by ESPNBoston.com for a status update Wednesday, Ortiz said only that there was nothing to report.

Ortiz is coming off a season in which he hit .270 with 32 homers and 102 RBIs. He rebounded nicely after his second consecutive horrible start to the season, though he was clearly unhappy with those questioning whether his days as a productive hitter were over during his slump.

Along with Ortiz's option, the Red Sox announced Thursday their intention to exercise the 2011 option for righthanded reliever Scott Atchison and decline options on infielder/outfielder Bill Hall and infielder Felipe Lopez.

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