Asked whether he'd like to finish his career after this contract, the very personable Ortiz had a playful answer.
"The one thing I always keep in mind is when I'm full swinging and the ball isn't going anywhere, that's when its time to go," he said, smiling. "But I haven't gotten there yet."
"We're thrilled to keep him here. We want David to retire with the Red Sox," Cherington said. "We hope that's many years from now. Right now we're happy that he'll be sitting in the middle of our lineup next year."
Ortiz has played 10 seasons with the Red Sox after he was let go by the Minnesota Twins.