David Ortiz RUMORS & NEWS

  • David Ortiz pushed the Red Sox to sign Nelson Cruz

    The Outside Corner "The Boston Red Sox season is all but lost as the club sits 13 games under .500 at 52-65, placing them dead last in the American League East. One of the teams biggest offseason moves was signing left fielder Hanley Ramirez to a monster four-year $88 million contract, a deal which has so far..." August 17

  • Ortiz continues to show Mariners what they missed

    CSN New England "A 16-year-old Dominican kid stepped up to the plate just around the corner from his home and took his swings in the batter's box. One ball left the field. Then another. And another. It didn't take long for the only scout in attendance to realize the kid he was watching had a chance to be..." August 16

  • David Ortiz’s 2016 Option Vests

    MLB Trade Rumors "Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz doubled in his 425th plate appearance of the season today, triggering his 2016 option in the process, tweets Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. The option is for an $11MM base salary and increases by $1MM for 475, 500, 525, 575, and 600 plate appearances...." August 09

  • David Ortiz closing in on $11 million 2016 vesting option: ‘I earned it’

    WEEI Boston "After 10 more plate appearances, David Ortiz will guarantee himself another season in a Red Sox uniform. While it it’s unlikely the Red Sox wouldn’t pick up his $10 million team option, he’s now just 10 plate appearances shy of the 425 needed to guarantee his $11 million vesting option for..." August 06

  • David Ortiz is not convinced A-Rod playing PED-free right now

    New York Post "Alex Rodriguez has stunned much of the baseball world with his resurgent season and last week insisted he was clean. His former friend David Ortiz has taken notice of Rodriguez’s season, and the fact that Yankees fans have embraced him again, but his praise was somewhat muted. “It is what it..." August 05

  • David Price Says David Ortiz Isn’t Same Hitter; Albert Pujols Disagrees

    NESN "David Price and David Ortiz aren’t exactly the best of friends. Let’s just say they have some history together. So, when Price was asked before Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game whether Ortiz is the same hitter he once was, it wasn’t overly surprising that the Detroit Tigers..." July 15

  • David Ortiz not happy about playing first base

    WEEI Boston "While it sure sounds like the Red Sox would like to continue their integration of David Ortiz at first base, the 39 year old sounds less than enthusiastic about the proposition of making it a regular occurrence. Speaking prior with WEEI.com prior to the Red Sox‘ game with the Marlins Wednesday..." July 08

  • David Ortiz plays first base at Fenway for first time in nine years

    CBS Sports "Red Sox warrior-poet David Ortiz did something on Sunday that he hasn't done in almost a decade. To wit, he played first base at Fenway for the first time since Aug. 5, 2006 Typically, Big Papi wields a glove only in interleague road games (and, of late, only with a right-hander on the mound..." July 05

  • David Ortiz pretends to eject umpire after he's thrown out

    CBS Sports "In an alternate universe somewhere, perhaps Major League Baseball players have the power to eject umpires from games. In this universe, they only can pretend. So, it was far from official Saturday night when Red Sox star David Ortiz "ejected" umpire Bruce Dreckman shortly after Dreckman ejected..." June 21

  • David Ortiz says he wouldn’t agree to trade

    Boston Globe "The trade deadline is July 31 but one player who definitely won’t be changing teams is Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Even if Ortiz starts hitting again in a way that would make him attractive to other teams, along with his postseason résumé, he said he would never waive his 10/5 rights in order..." June 19

  • David Ortiz upset over benching: 'I’m not the manager'

    Sporting News "Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has had a tough couple of weeks. He got called "washed up" by a reporter, which he took offense to, and on Wednesday he was benched against the Orioles. Boston's manager John Farrell said Ortiz's benching was due to the fact the Orioles were starting a..." June 11

  • David Ortiz: ‘I’m not washed up — I guarantee you that’

    WEEI Boston "Reports of David Ortiz’s demise are a little premature — at least according to David Ortiz. A few days after Ortiz failed to show his usual spark when asked by Steve Burton of WBZ-TV if he was washed up, the designated hitter was far more firm in his response Saturday. “I’m not washed up,”..." June 08

  • David Ortiz Brushes Aside Talk Of Being ‘Washed Up’ As Red Sox Struggle

    NESN "The obituary is written. The man’s career just won’t die. David Ortiz’s future has been questioned several times in recent years, most notably in 2009, when the Red Sox slugger hit .185 with one homer and a .570 OPS through his first 46 games. Concerns are starting to percolate again, but..." June 03

  • David Ortiz has no timetable for retirement: 'I'll keep on trying'

    ESPN Boston "Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has slipped into a deep slump, one that caused manager John Farrell to give him back-to-back games off last week. And the whispers are growing louder that this does not represent another slow start for Ortiz, but is instead the onrushing twilight of a great..." June 03

  • David Ortiz out of Red Sox lineup for ‘couple of days’

    Boston Herald "David Ortiz will be out of the Red Sox lineup for a "couple of days," manager John Farrell said in an interview on WEEI this afternoon. Ortiz is hitting just .216 and has been mired in a slump. He is just 3-for-his-last-29." May 28

  • David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia Hold Players-Only Meeting After Loss

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox are reeling. After beginning the season 7-3, the team has lost three consecutive games and eight of its last 10 on the way down to the AL East cellar. The offense, projected to be prolific, has stumbled. The pitching never even gained a foothold to stumble from. So it..." May 10

  • David Ortiz loses appeal, will serve one-game suspension tonight vs. Blue Jays

    Mass Live "David Ortiz won't be the lineup tonight for the Boston Red Sox against the Toronto Blue Jays. According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Ortiz lost his appeal and will serve the one-game suspension tonight in Toronto." May 09

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    Rob Bradford @bradfo

    Source: Ortiz suspended for tonight's game. Loses appeal

  • Ortiz not happy Red Sox offered his autographs for A-Rod's 660th HR ball

    CBS Sports "Last Friday, Alex Rodriguez hit his 660th career home run, tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list. He hit the homer at Fenway Park and the fan who caught the ball, a local man named Mike Shuster, said he wouldn't give it to A-Rod. The Yankees tried and failed to get the ball..." May 05

  • David Ortiz appeals 1-game suspension for bumping umpire

    ESPN Boston "David Ortiz remained in the Boston Red Sox lineup Tuesday night as he appealed the one-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball for "making contact" with umpire John Tumpane in Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. "We got rules, man, they got to do what they got to do,"..." April 22

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    Sean McAdam @Sean_McAdam

    Ortiz suspended for one game after making contact with home plate umpire Sunday.

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    Ian Browne @IanMBrowne

    Nava in right instead of Victorino. Napoli at first. Papi sits.

  • David Ortiz Has Never 'Knowingly' Took Any Steroids

    The Player's Tribune "I was ready to shoot somebody, man. Literally. I was sleeping at my house in the Dominican this winter when I heard a banging on my front door at 7:30 in the morning. Now, I got security. My kids and family are sleeping in the house. I wasn’t expecting anyone. Who in the hell is banging on my..." March 28

  • David Ortiz feels "all right" testing his wheels

    WEEI Boston "The sight of David Ortiz‘s maple bat exploding violently is not what captured the attention of Red Sox manager John Farrell in the slugger’s second at-bat Thursday at JetBlue Park. It was the sight of him legging out a fielder’s choice that drove in Mookie Betts from third base. The ball..." March 26

  • David Ortiz says he won't follow new rule

    Toronto Sun "Don't count Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz as a big fan of baseball's new speed-up-the-game plan. "When you come out of the box, you're thinking about what the guy is trying to do," Ortiz said in reaction to the rule, which states the batter must have at least one foot in the box..." March 05

  • Ortiz: 'Things not good anymore' with A-Rod

    ESPN Boston "Once the best of friends, David Ortiz has not spoken with Alex Rodriguez since Rodriguez’s lawyer appeared to indirectly implicate Ortiz as a PED user in a radio interview. Ortiz said their friendship has not survived that controversy. “No, dude,’’ he said Wednesday afternoon. “I don’t..." February 26

  • Red Sox's Ortiz calls B.S. at MLB pace rules

    ESPN Boston "Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz launched a vivid and occasionally hilarious rant against baseball's new pace of play rules, especially the one that stipulates a batter keep one foot in the box at all times [with some exceptions]. "Is that new?'' Ortiz asked about the foot-in-box rule. "It..." February 25

  • GM: Big Papi can play 'as long as he wants'

    ESPN Boston "Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, asked whether the team has discussed David Ortiz's future beyond this season with him, said that "David knows he's going to be a Red Sox [player] as long as he wants to be a Red Sox [player]." Ortiz will turn 40 in 267 days. Only 10 position players in..." February 25

  • Why ‘angry’ David Ortiz hasn’t talked to A-Rod in a year

    New York Post "The road back for Alex Rodriguez will be difficult after his Biogenesis suspension. Not only on the field but in with his relationship with David Ortiz, one of the most influential players in the game, a player greatly respected by his peers. Ortiz said Thursday he was deeply upset when..." December 06

  • David Ortiz wants the Sox to “step up” for Jon Lester

    WEEI Boston "The priority for David Ortiz at his annual golf tournament is to play the role of host for those helping support the event. But there have been times he uses the occasion to get a message across via the small gathering of media attending the fundraiser. Last year, for example, the Red Sox..." December 05

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    Sean McAdam @Sean_McAdam

    Sounds as if Napoli (toe, back, finger); Holt (concussion) won't play again this year. Might be case with Ortiz (wrist), too.

  • Ortiz 'good to go;' Bogaerts cleared to return

    CSN New England "David Ortiz, who had missed the previous two games after fouling a ball off his right foot Sunday, returned to the lineup Wednesday. "He and I spoke this morning,'' said John Farrell. "He felt better and he and I wanted to make sure that he went through some treatment and did some running here..." August 28

  • Ortiz (foot) out but hopes to be back Tuesday

    ESPN Boston "David Ortiz's injured right foot will keep him out of the Red Sox lineup on Monday, but Ortiz is hopeful he'll be available Tuesday if he continues to heal at the same rate. "It's better than what it was last night or this morning," Ortiz said Monday afternoon. "[There's] nothing broken or..." August 26

  • Ortiz tied for most 30-homer seasons in Sox history

    CSN New England "David Ortiz continues his assault up the Red Sox history books. Ortiz was at it again Wednesday night, clubbing his 30th home run of the season, and fourth in his last five games. For Ortiz, it's his eighth season of 30-plus home runs, all with the Red Sox. That ties him for the most..." August 21

  • Ortiz livid over MLB Network PED reference, 'free pass' remark

    Sporting News "David Ortiz is, let's just say, not pleased with MLB Network. The Red Sox DH unloaded on it Monday after his name was added to the John Lackey/Nelson Cruz/Buck Showalter PED to-do between the Sox and Orioles over the weekend. Ortiz was annoyed that an on-air person brought up Ortiz's reported..." July 08

  • David Ortiz gets his hit, apologizes to official scorer Bob Ellis

    Boston Herald "David Ortiz got his hit. And then, he said he's sorry. The Red Sox were prepared to appeal on Ortiz' behalf a scoring decision last Wednesday in which Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was credited with an error on a hard-hit ball down the line. But before the process could be set in motion,..." June 24

  • David Ortiz reprimanded by MLB

    ESPN Boston "Major League Baseball executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre on Friday scolded Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz for showing his displeasure about an official scorer's decision earlier this week. "Official scorers have a job to do, and by their very nature, their..." June 22

  • Ortiz homer saves Red Sox

    Boston Herald "This is what catharsis looks like. It is a mighty swing at an 83-mph slider from an old rival on a new team. It is a baseball following the arc of a rainbow before touching down in the right field bleachers. And it is David Ortiz making the slow trot around the bases in the ninth inning, then..." June 09

  • David Price fined, not suspended for plunking David Ortiz

    CBS Sports "Rays left-hander David Price was fined an undisclosed amount for hitting David Ortiz with a pitch last week, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. He was not suspended. Price, 28, hit Ortiz in the first inning, apparently because Big Papi spent a little too much time admiring a home..." June 04

  • Lack of suspension has Ortiz ripping Price again

    SI "“Rays Of Our Lives,” the ongoing soap opera starring Boston’s David Ortiz, Tampa’s David Price and MLB’s disciplinary committee, just took another dramatic turn, as Ortiz fired some nasty words at Price after a weekend of harsh invective and brawling between the two teams. But before we get into..." June 03

  • David Ortiz, Red Sox bats break out to end losing skid at 10

    Boston Herald "The answer was staring them in the mirror the whole time. It took them long enough — 10 baffling, confusing, head-banging losses — but the Red Sox finally executed a tried-and-true game plan yesterday in their first victory in a dozen days, an 8-6 come-from-behind win over the Braves at Turner..." May 27

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    Ian Browne @IanMBrowne

    Ortiz back in there, Napoli still out.

  • David Ortiz and Mike Napoli out of lineup for Red Sox

    Hardball Talk "The Red Sox are going to be short-handed as they attempt to snap their eight-game losing streak. In addition to Shane Victorino landing on the disabled list, both David Ortiz and Mike Napoli are out of the lineup against the Rays this afternoon. According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Ortiz is..." May 24

  • MLB awards hit to Ortiz in Darvish no-hit bid

    ESPN Dallas "Major League Baseball has changed David Ortiz's ball that originally was scored an error to a single in Yu Darvish's near no-hitter last Friday. The ball, which was hit in the air to right field and dropped between second baseman Rougned Odor and right fielder Alex Rios in the seventh inning,..." May 14

  • David Ortiz three-run homer rallies Red Sox past Rangers, 4-2

    Boston Globe "David Ortiz came through big when it mattered and the Red Sox came away with a win over the Rangers 4-2 in the rubber game of the three game series at Fenway. Ortiz crushed a three-run homer on a 1-1 pitch off Rangers lefty reliever Neal Cotts into the right field seats to give the Red Sox a..." April 10

  • Ortiz Reportedly Got Paid For Obama Selfie

    Real GM Baseball "David Ortiz's now infamous selfie with President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday may not have been spontaneous. The Boston Red Sox, who won the 2013 World Series, were honored by the president during the off-day. Ortiz's selfie is now showing up in social media posts promoted by..." April 02

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    Brian MacPherson @brianmacp

    No David Ortiz in the lineup today. Had been dealing with calf soreness. (This is why you keep Mike Carp.)

  • Red Sox extend slugger Ortiz through 2015

    Boston Herald "The monotony of spring training had gotten to David Ortiz. After another hitless game in a month filled with 0-fers, the iconic Red Sox slugger admitted yesterday he’s bored with the exhibition schedule. And then there was the matter of his long-held desire to add one more year to his contract...." March 24

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    Gordon Edes @GordonEdes

    Source: Sox, Ortiz reach deal on extension just north of $15 million. Deal could be announced tomorrow

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    MLB @MLB

    The @RedSox and @davidortiz are close to finalizing a 1-year, $15 million extension, sources tell @IanMBrowne.

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