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Red Sox Reward David Ortiz with Contract Extension

G. Fiume/Getty Images(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- The Boston Red Sox are doing all they can to keep one of their most iconic players as they've extended first baseman/designated hitter David Ortiz through the 2015 season.

ESPN is reporting that Ortiz' new deal with pay him $16 million, which is a raise from the $15 million he'll make this upcoming season.

"With this agreement, we have near certainty that David Ortiz will finish his career in a Red Sox uniform, which is something we have all wanted and that we are proud of," Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement. "It is difficult to describe David's contributions to our city both on and off the field, and we are so proud to have this ambassador of our game with us as he continues his road to Cooperstown."

The 38-year-old Ortiz has been with the Red Sox since 2003 and he's firmly entrenched himself as one of the best hitters in the game since he arrived in Bean Town. In 11 seasons with the Red Sox, Ortiz has hit 373 home runs, driven in 1,191 runs, and has also won three World Series championships.

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