Report: Ortiz, Red Sox agree on extension
The Boston Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz reached agreement on a one-year contract extension estimated at approximately $15 million, ESPN reported Sunday.
A formal announcement could come as early as today, according to the report. Ortiz told ESPN that “hopefully” a deal is in place that would keep the slugger with the team through the 2015 season.
Ortiz and his agent, Fernando Cuza, met with Red Sox officials on Sunday.
The 38-year-old veteran batted .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs in 137 regular-season games for the World Series champion Red Sox in 2013.
Doubront roughed up
Felix Doubront is have a rough spring. The Red Sox left-hander allowed 10 hits and eight runs on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 9-2 Grapefruit League loss in Fort Myers.
Doubront was tagged for a second straight outing. On Sunday, he worked 4 1/3 innings, leaving after surrendering a three-run homer to Matt Joyce.
Lefty Matt Moore pitched well for the Rays, but was hit in the face by a line drive by Xander Bogaerts. The pitcher got a piece of the ball with his glove, and hustled over to pick up the ball and throw to first to retire Bogaerts. The Rays said he had no concussion symptoms.
Will Middlebrooks had an RBI single for Boston, which plays Baltimore Monday at 1 p.m. in Sarasota, Fla.