David Ortiz is whining about his contract once again
Before the 2013 season, the team finally caved and gave him a 2-year deal, after insisting on only a 1-year contract for 2012. Now, he's under contract through the end of 2014, and is still clamoring for yet another multi-year deal.
In an interview that aired on Sunday night, he said that if the Red Sox don't give him such a deal by the end of the season, it might be time to move on.
There are a few things wrong with this situation.
1. Ortiz is still under contract for this season. There's no reason to discuss next year's deal, let alone a multi-year deal while he's still under contract.
2. Ortiz is 38 years old. When hitters start to decline, which happens to almost everyone at that age, the decline comes hard and fast. The Red Sox don't need to risk that, especially before letting him play out this season.
3. As much as Ortiz wants to feel appreciated financially, will any team want to offer him more than the Red Sox will, whether it's in a 1-year deal or a longer extension? Between his age and the PED whispers, it's not unreasonable to assume that teams would be wary when approaching him.
4. In April, he gave his famous "This is our f***ing city" speech. Is this really your city, David?
Ortiz's popularity in Boston is unlike almost any other athlete in sports. In Boston, he's on par with guys like Tom Brady and Larry Bird. The city has embraced him and his family ever since he arrived, and it's a bit tiring to see this act over and over again.
Also, he's still an incredibly productive player, despite his advanced age. He had one of the best performances of all time in the World Series, where he won the series MVP. But how long can that continue? History shows that it's only a matter of time before he starts to drop off significantly.
What should the Red Sox do about this? Should they listen to him and cave to his demands? Should they stick to their guns and offer him a 1-year deal after this season? Or should they just let him walk?