Now that the Red Sox have found a manager they’re focused on re-signing David Ortiz and the 36-year-old designated hitter seems optimistic about a deal getting done before he hits the open market as a free agent.
“Hopefully we get it done by the end of the World Series,” Ortiz said, via Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston. “I know what’s fair and I know guys my age aren’t going to get three-, four- or five-year deals anymore, so I want to play two more and if things go good I’ll continue to play.”
In other words, he’s trying to talk the Red Sox into a two-year contract despite missing nearly the entire second half with an Achilles’ tendon injury.
Ortiz played this season on a one-year, $14.58 million contract and topped a 1.000 OPS for the first time since 2007, hitting .318 with 23 homers and 26 doubles in 90 games.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?