David Ortiz wanted 'something different'

November, 17, 2010
11/17/10
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ESPNBoston.com's Jackie MacMullan yesterday caught up with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who spoke for the first time about the team's decision to pick up his $12.5 million option in lieu of a multiyear deal.

"I was trying to get something different," Ortiz told MacMullan. "I wanted to stay here longer. But I got what the team offered me, and I'm fine with it.

"My agent tried to talk with [the Red Sox] about something else, but that didn't work out. I thought what I've done here in Boston was well-deserving of two years, but I can't do nothing about it now except come back and play.

"People are doubting me, I know, but I don't really understand that. It's not like anyone is asking me for something I haven't already done. So you want me to come back and hit? Haven't I done that every year?"

Read the rest of the interview HERE.

If you were in Theo's shoes, would you have given Big Papi a multiyear deal? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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