David Ortiz wants to finish his career with the Boston Red Sox.
"I love playing the game. I love being part of this organization, and knowing that you’re going to finish your career here," the 38-year-old said Monday in Sarasota, Fla. ‘It’s something that’s a huge accomplishment."
Due $15 million in 2014 in the final season of a two-year deal, Ortiz agreed Sunday to a new contract that calls for a $16 million salary in 2015 and could be worth up to $48 million over three years.
Ortiz’s contract includes a $10 million club option for 2016 that could escalate to $16 million and become guaranteed, and a club option for 2017, also at $10 million to $16 million.
"This is the place I want to be," the designated hitter said. "This is the place that I know."
Ortiz said the agreement will make him "stress less."
A nine-time All-Star during 11 seasons with Boston, Ortiz has 431 major league homers. Big Papi and the Red Sox have spent a lot time discussing his future — one year at a time.
"I guess you guys get tired of me talking about contracts all the time," he said. "At least I’m going to have some time off from answering questions dealing with the contract situation."
Around the horn
White Sox • Pitcher Jose Quintana and Chicago agreed Monday to a $21 million, five-year contract that would increase to $26.5 million if he is eligible for salary arbitration after this season. The 25-year-old Colombian was 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 200 innings last year — his first full season in the majors.
Braves • Atlanta released pitcher Freddy Garcia, who was contending for a spot in the Braves’ battered rotation. The 37-year-old right-hander was let go despite a strong outing Sunday, when he limited the New York Mets to an unearned run and two hits over 5 1⁄3 innings. He was 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in five spring training starts.
Indians • Center fielder Michael Bourn will start the season on the disabled list because of a tight left hamstring, though he could return within the first week. Bourn had surgery on the hamstring in October.
Rays • Pitcher Alex Colome has been suspended for the first 50 games of the season for a positive steroids test. Colome was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three midseason starts as a rookie last year.
Mets • Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed one run over six innings in his bid to become the Mets’ fifth starter, helping New York beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
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