The Boston Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz are in discussions over a new contract, and both sides would like to reach a new deal before the season begins, reports the Boston Herald.
Ortiz is entering the second year of a two-year, $26 million deal, and would be eligible for free agency following the 2014 season.
Ortiz is seeking a one-year, $15 million extension for the 2015 season.
General manager Ben Cherington wouldn’t discuss or acknowledge negotiations with Ortiz but spoke in general terms of his importance to the franchise.
“As you guys know, we prefer not to talk about these things or to get into details of those talks publicly,” Cherington said. “David’s a very important guy. We all know that. Certain guys earn the right to have a hearing and the conversation. He’s certainly one of them.”