Boston Red Sox: Concerned David Ortiz Looking for a New Contract

Patrick LanguzziContributor IIIAugust 8, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12:  American League All-Star David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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David Ortiz is concerned about his contract and feels neglected according to both Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe and ESPN Boston.

The 35-year-old Ortiz will be coming off a club option $12.5 million contract and will be turning 36 on November 18th. Ortiz has made it known he's looking for a two-year extension.  

"David is (too) proud and respectful to say how he feels in public, but the guy feels hurt, upset by the way that he is being ignored by the Red Sox," said the source.

Whether you believe Ortiz deserves a new contract offer now or in the offseason, the question still remains, should the Red Sox offer David Ortiz a new contract? And if so, given his age,for how long? 

No matter what happens, Ortiz will always be revered as one of "the most" clutch hitters in Red Sox history after his 2004 heroics in the ALCS to help bring a World Series back to Boston for the first time in 86 years. His iconic stature in Boston will be right up there with other Red Sox and greats.

Entering Sunday evening's game against the Yankees, Ortiz is hitting .286 with 21 HR, 71 RBI, a .374 OBP and .906 SLG. He's been an All-Star seven out of the last eight years and continues to show he can be productive.

Among all American League (AL) designated hitters, Oritz currently ranks first in home runs, OBP, SLG and OPS, and ranks among the top three in every other major offensive category.

He's also hit well this year vs lefties batting .308—the first time he's hit over .300 vs lefties since 2007.

Epstein, who is not typically known for negotiating with players during the season, will have a tough decision to make this coming offseason. If Epstein lets Ortiz go, their could be backlash towards the organization from Red Sox Nation. 

However, Epstein has made difficult decisions before—trading Boston favorite Nomar Garciaparra at the 2004 trade deadline in a four-team exchange. We all know how that year turned out!

It's believed Ortiz wants to stay in Boston, but of course for the right price. The question is, what price is Ortiz willing to take and how much will the Red Sox be willing to offer an aging DH?