BOSTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- During an interview that aired on Sunday, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz indicated that he would be willing to continue his playing career with another team if he is unable to work out a multi-year contract extension to keep him in Boston.
“I always keep on telling people, this is a business. Sometimes you’ve got to do what’s best for you and your family,” Ortiz said. “As long as they keep offering me a job and I keep doing what I’m supposed to do and the relationship keeps on building up, I’m going to be there. Hopefully, I won’t have to go and wear another uniform.”
The 2013 World Series MVP turned 38 in November and is in the final year of a two-year, $30 million deal he signed in November 2012. After smacking 30 home runs and knocking in 103 runs in 2013, Ortiz hit .688 with six RBIs in the World Series when the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals.
“I’m feeling good,” Ortiz said. “This is not a career that is forever, but as long as I’m having fun and as long as I keep on doing what I’m doing, and as long as I’m healthy, of course, I’m going to keep on giving it a try. It could be two years, it could be three years, it could be 10 years, you never know.”
Ortiz has been with Boston since 2003 after he was acquired from the Minnesota Twins. He has been part of three World Series-winning teams during his time in the Hub.
“If I have to [leave], I’ve got no choice,” he said. “I’m not going to quit. As long as I keep hitting the ball the way I have, I’ve got to keep on giving it a try… I'm having fun. It's been a hell of a ride as long as I've been here.”
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