Ortiz is the only remaining player from the 2004 World Series championship team currently on the Red Sox and one of six from 2007. The man is an icon in Boston, and Sox fans couldn’t imagine him in another uniform.
Even though at this point in his career he’s an injury risk, the Sox have to re-sign him. His stats before an Achilles injury (.318/.415/.611) are enough to justify a two-year, $25-30 million contract.
Considering the Sox just unloaded so much money, it would be the ultimate disservice not to resign Ortiz given their newfound financial flexibility. All he’s wanted over the past few years is respect from the Sox in the form of a multiyear deal, and he’s yet to have one.
The Sox management needs to make Ortiz a top priority, because if they don’t, he’ll take a lot of fans with him when he goes to a new team.