Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 11/4/12
Last offseason David Ortiz was visibly upset about the nature of his contract negotiations with the Red Sox.  His asking price, a two-year contract at the same pay that he was currently making, was apparently more than the Red Sox were willing to pay.  The two sides eventually settled on a one-year contract worth $14.57 million.  Ortiz called the negotiations both embarrassing and humiliating.  The 2012 season gave Ortiz the chance to prove that he was worth the two year contract that he felt he deserved, and that is exactly what he did.  Ortiz triple slashed .318/.415/.611, good for a four digit OPS.  His 169 wRC+ was first among designated hitters with at least 100 plate appearances.  This led to a three-win season despite being limited to only 383 plate appearances due to an Achilles injury. via tedsarmy.com The Red Sox responded to this showing by doing what they should have done a year ago, sign Ortiz to a two-year deal.  The contract, worth $26 million over those two years, looks like a good deal for both sides.  Ortiz got the job security he wanted, and the Red Sox retained their best offensive player for a below-market-level price.  At $13 million a season, assuming teams will continue to pay about $5-6 million per win this offseason, Ortiz is being paid like a 2.5 win player.  In the last three seasons, he has averaged around 3.2 WAR, and that includes last season in which he lost a significant amount of time to injury, so there should be some surplus value in this contract for the Sox. Some may point to Ortiz’s age –he will turn 37 later this month– and his recent injury history to suggest that this was a risky signing for a team in such a state of flux.  While the risk of injury will always be a factor when evaluating contracts, Ortiz has registered over 600 plate appearances in three of his last four seasons; so as long as there are no lasting issues with the Achilles injury, Ortiz should come with no more injury risk than the average player, perhaps even less considering he never plays in the field.  As far as aging is concerned, he has actually improved his wRC+ in each of the last three seasons.  Part of this can be attributed to his decreasing strike out rate.  His K% dropped from 23.9% to 13.7% in 2011, and to 13.3% in 2012.  It is often the case that when a player’s K% goes down, his power numbers also drop.  Ortiz, however, has put up ISO rates of .246 and .293 in his last two seasons.  He may be getting old, but his stats aren’t showing it. There were legitimate questions coming into the offseason regarding whether Ortiz would be in a Red Sox uniform next year.  He seemed unhappy with their handling of his contract last offseason, and let’s not forget, the Red Sox were awful in 2012.  But it was clear that Ortiz wanted to remain in Boston, and the Red Sox didn’t want to lose a franchise icon following such a disappointing season.  In the end, the two sides agreed on a mutually beneficial contract that will see Ortiz play at least two more seasons in Fenway Park.  It would’ve been unfortunate had it ended up any other way. -Albright
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

San Diego Padres unveil awesome new uniforms

Report: Mark Richt being recruited to run for Georgia governor

Cowboys won’t put Tony Romo on IR because of playoff hopes

What the Selection Committee taught us: Week 13

Majority of FIFA sponsors demanding independent review on reforms

Zack Greinke expected to choose between Dodgers, Giants by end of week


Reports: David Price, Red Sox agree to seven-year, $217 million contract

LSU officials’ media leaks about Les Miles blew up in their faces

Sam Bradford returns to practice, but does it matter for broken Eagles?

Cam Newton won’t be ‘lured in’ by talk of undefeated season

Report: Miami job is Mark Richt’s 'if he wants it'

WATCH: Cowboys’ security guard being investigated for choking Panthers fan

Seven storylines for Week 14 of the college football season

Colin Kaepernick jerseys on sale at 49ers’ team store

Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz named Big Ten Coach Of The Year

Mid-American Conference Championship preview

Lakers trying to decide which Kobe Bryant jersey number to retire

Matthew Dellavedova is becoming a better passer

Ryan Kesler says the Ducks are 'too good not to be in the playoffs'

Tiger Woods’ career inches closer to an end after gloomy injury update

WATCH: LSU releases video to honor Leonard Fournette

Report: Jim Hackett’s tenure as Michigan’s interim AD is ending

Josh Norman pretends to be a movie character each game

Ex-Giants OL Chris Snee 'wanted to see the Jets lose all the time'

Kyle Long gives Bears tickets to trash collector who found wallet

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Seven storylines for Week 14 of the college football season

MAC Championship preview

Tiger Woods’ career inches closer to an end after gloomy injury update

QUIZ: Name every NCAA football national champion since 1950

Browns lose to Ravens as only the Browns know how

NCAA figures out how to invite 5-7 teams to bowls

Ranking top Heisman Trophy candidates

Have the New Orleans Saints given up?

This weekend in NFL stupid, ft. Rex Ryan

Missouri won’t accept a bowl bid at 5-7

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker