New contract links Ortiz to Red Sox 'forever'

From ESPN - September 13, 2017

David Ortiz is back with the Boston Red Sox. The Dominican slugger signed a contract tying his future with the organization in perpetuity. "Forever" was the word used by the team in a press release sent Wednesday announcing the new terms of their relationship.

Ortiz will serve as a mentor of current players, will be active on free-agency recruiting efforts, will perform a series of special appearances for the team and will work on business venture development for Fenway Sports Management and its partners.

"I am happy to be able to help the Red Sox organization, which I love in any way I can," Ortiz said. "Whether that's offering advice to a young player, helping convince a free agent that there's no better city to play in than Boston or representing the club in the community and with its partners, it's great to be part of the Red Sox organization. It feels like I never left."

Ortiz, who played with Boston in 14 of his 20 seasons in major league baseball, retired as an active player after the 2016 season, in which he became an All-Star for the 10th time. His No. 34 jersey was retired by Boston on June 23, and he became the 11th Red Sox player to be so honored.


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