Big Papi staying in Boston

Published December 07, 2011

| Sports Network

Designated hitter David Ortiz has apparently decided to accept the Boston Red Sox's arbitration offer, thus keeping him with the team for at least another season.

Boston could still work out a multi-year deal, but should Ortiz go to arbitration he would likely earn a nice raise from the $12.5 million he made last season.

Ortiz, 36, has played for the Red Sox since 2003 and was an integral part of their two world championships in 2004 and '07. Nowhere near the feared hitter he once was, Ortiz still hit 29 home runs and drove in 96 runs last season.

His .309 average a year ago was also the highest since be batted .332 in '07. Still, Ortiz has topped 30 home runs just once in the last four years after averaging nearly 42 in his first five years in Boston.

It was reported earlier in the day that the Red Sox were offering a two-year deal at $9 million per season, while Ortiz was hoping for a two-year deal in the $25 million range. It's also been said that the seven-time All-Star would prefer a multi-year deal, meaning there is a good chance both sides could still work something out. Either way Big Papi is staying in Boston.

For his career, Ortiz is a .283 hitter with 378 home runs and 1,266 RBI in 1,742 games for the Twins and Red Sox.

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