David Ortiz: Why the Boston Red Sox Should Not Offer Him a Long-Term Extension

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David Ortiz: Why the Boston Red Sox Should Not Offer Him a Long-Term Extension
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David Ortiz is showing that his scorching start to 2012 wasn’t a mere hot streak. At 36, Less Big Papi is swinging the bat like he was in his mid-2000s heyday.

But if he’s looking for a new four- or five-year contract come the offseason, Boston should tell him to look elsewhere.

Nothing personal against one of the most loveable players in Red Sox history. It’s just business. (Many thanks to The Godfather.)

Sentimentality is nice, and a team can feel good about properly rewarding a player for their longstanding contributions to the club. But only if that sentimentality doesn’t represent a financial burden to the team.

Boston shouldn’t offer the long-term deal—probably at $15–20 million/year—that Ortiz will likely seek after the 2012 season. Here’s why.

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