(NEW YORK) — The Boston Red Sox have found a new manager for next season, now they’re focused on bringing back designated hitter David Ortiz.
Ortiz has spent the past 10 seasons with the Red Sox, and won two World Series titles during that span. He is set to be a free agent this winter, but is hoping to return to Boston.
“Hopefully we get it done by the end of the World Series,” Ortiz told ESPN’s Joe McDonald. “I know what’s fair and I know guys my age aren’t going to get three-, four-, five-year deals anymore, so I want to play two more and if things go good I’ll continue to play.”
John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that Ortiz is hoping for a two-year deal between $25 million and $30 million. Last winter, he signed a one-year deal with the team worth $14.5 million despite his quest for a long-term deal.
Ortiz was limited to just 90 games last season as he dealt with an Achilles tendon injury. Despite the injury, Ortiz still hit 23 home runs and drove in 60 runs while batting .318.
The 36-year-old Ortiz has hit 343 home runs since joining the Red Sox.
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