BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today agreed to terms with designated hitter David Ortiz on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the 2012 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Terms were not disclosed.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.
Ortiz hit .309 with 162 hits, 70 extra-base hits, 40 doubles, a .398 on-base percentage, .554 slugging percentage and .953 OPS in 146 games with the Red Sox in 2011, all his best marks since 2007. He earned his fifth Silver Slugger Award and finished among overall AL leaders in average (6th), slugging (4th), on-base percentage (4th), OPS (4th), multi-hit games (9th, 51), extra-base hits (T-9th), walks (T-9th, 78), intentional walks (8th, 12), home average (4th, .342) and average vs. left-handed pitchers (8th, .329). Ortiz won the 2011 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award, his sixth such honor, passing Martinez for the most all-time. He led all designated hitters in average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, extra-base hits, home runs (29), RBI (96), runs (84), walks and total bases (291). After the season, he also received the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, recognizing the Major League player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field.
Signed by Boston as a free agent on January 22, 2003, Ortiz ranks among all-time Red Sox leaders in homers (5th, 320), RBI (6th, 1,028), extra-base hits (6th, 681), doubles (7th, 348), walks (7th, 769), total bases (7th, 2,701) and runs (9th, 844), and is fourth in team history (min. 3,000 plate appearances) with a .570 slugging percentage and .958 OPS. The left-handed batter has appeared in 1,742 Major League games overall, hitting .283 (1,760-for-6,215) with 456 doubles, 16 triples, 378 home runs, 1,266 RBI, 1,059 runs, 955 walks, a .544 slugging percentage and .922 OPS over 15 Major League seasons with the Twins (1997-2002) and Red Sox (2003-11). The seven-time All-Star owns the all-time records with 333 homers and 1,094 RBI as a designated hitter.
With today's agreement, the Red Sox have no remaining unsigned players eligible for salary arbitration.