Ortiz would leave Red Sox if necessary

Ortiz would leave Red Sox if necessary
January 28, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Unlike Jon Lester, David Ortiz isn’t talking hometown discount and his desire to play nowhere else but Boston. Over the weekend, the Red Sox slugger sounded quite ready to take his bat to another team if necessary.

“Hey, I would like to [retire with the Red Sox]. I’m having fun. It’s been a hell of a ride as long as I’ve been here,” Ortiz said on a Boston TV station. “But as I always keep on telling people, this is a business. Sometimes you’ve got to do what’s best for you and your family.”

In 2014, Ortiz will be in the last year of his contract, getting paid $15 million. At 38, coming off an All-Star season (.309, 30 homers, 103 RBIs) in rebounding from an injury-riddled 2012, Big Papi wants a multiyear deal from the Red Sox.

“As long as they keep offering me a job and I keep doing what I’m supposed to do and the relationship keeps on building up, I’m going to be there,” Ortiz said. “Hopefully, I won’t have to go and wear another uniform.”

He said he wasn’t sure how much longer he’d play —two or three more years or maybe more.

“This is not a career that is forever. As long as I’m having fun like I had, as long as I keep doing what I’m doing and I’m healthy, of course, I’m going to keep on giving it a try.”

In Boston or elsewhere.