David Ortiz is 10 plate appearances away from his 2016 option vesting for $11 million, keeping him with the Red Sox for a 14th season at age 40.
Of course, the Red Sox would have picked up their half of the option anyway. After a rough first two months of the season Ortiz has turned things around in a big way, hitting .262 with 15 homers and a .907 OPS in 53 games since June 1. His overall OPS is above .800 and he’s on pace for 30 homers.
Or as Ortiz said to John Tomase of WEEI.com:
I earned it. That’s why I’m playing next year. Because I earned it. That’s the way we pretty much agreed to do things. You know me, I get greedy when it comes down to performance. I want to put up numbers. I agreed to do it that way, because if I don’t put up numbers, what would be the reason to continue playing?
His salary for 2016 can rise from $11 million all the way up to $16 million based on how many more plate appearances he tacks on to his current total of 415. Next year he’ll also be joining the 500-homer club, as Ortiz is at 487 right now.