The Red Sox are planning on picking up David Ortiz's extension for 2011, Gorden Edes of ESPNBoston.com writes , citing "a major-league source well acquainted with the Sox's thinking."
Edes adds Ortiz would prefer an extension, but the Red Sox aren't that enamored with Big Papi.
The Red Sox will pay $12.5 million for Ortiz in 2011. He has 28 home runs and is hitting .262/.365/.528 after a brutal start to the season. In April, Ortiz hit .143/.238/.286 with one home run and four RBI. Since then, he's hit .279/.382/.563 with 27 home runs. Ortiz is ninth in the American League in OPS and leads all but Luke Scott in that category among designated hitters.
Ortiz said he hasn't heard from the Red Sox. When Edes asked him what Boston was waiting for. "No idea," he said. "I would like to know."
Ortiz added that he wants to return to the Red Sox as well, "but it doesn't depend on me anymore, you know?"
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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