The day after Ortiz went on a profanity-related rant about getting a contract extension from the team, Henry said that extending Ortiz’s deal is "conceivable."
Henry:'Ortiz extension 'conceivable...He wants to finish his career here. We should try to make that happen' pic.twitter.com/r7bNYi8zMG— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) February 19, 2014
The 38-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and is reportedly looking for a one-year extension.
“I just want people to stop talking to me about that,” Ortiz told the Boston Herald on Tuesday. “When you put up numbers like I'm putting up, who's thinking about retiring, know what I'm saying? People keep on asking me, how long do you want to play? When are you going to retire? Dude, look at my numbers. I ain't planning on retiring right now. When I slow down, then I'll retire.”
Ortiz took home World Series MVP honors last year after hitting .688 to help lead the Red Sox to a win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
“I don't even know why they're bitching about me talking about contracts,” Ortiz said. “Guys putting up my numbers, they're making $25, $30 million. I'm not asking for that. I'm asking for half of it. And they're still bitching about it? [Expletive] them. I'm tired of hearing them talk [expletive] about me when I talk about my contract. Hey, every time I talk about my contract, I earn it, [expletive]. So don't be giving me that [expletive].”
Ortiz, who is entering his 11th season in Boston, arrived at spring training with his agent in tow.
Henry says he doesn't know if extension will get done now, but said it makes sense to discuss it now while owners and his agent are in town— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) February 19, 2014
He says even if an extension isn't done now, doesn't mean Ortiz won't end career with Red Sox.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) February 19, 2014