David Ortiz, the face of the Red Sox since helping Boston end an 86-year World Series drought in 2004, has finalized a $26 million, two-year contract.
The soon-to-be 37-year old Ortiz attended a Fenway Park news conference Monday to announce the agreement, which includes bonuses that could raise the value to $30 million.
Big Papi had consecutive game-ending hits in extra innings of Games 4 and 5 of the 2004 AL Championship Series against the Yankees as the Red Sox became the first major league team to overcome a 0-3 deficit in a best-of-seven postseason series.
The eight-time All-Star has hit 343 homers for Boston, fifth on the team’s career list, and has 1,088 RBI.
MARINERS: Oliver Perez is staying with the club, giving them a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen next season.
Seattle and Perez agreed Saturday to a $1.5 million, one-year contract. He was 1-3 with a 2.12 ERA in 33 games last season and had a stretch of 20 consecutive appearances in July and August where he did not allow a run. That streak was tied for the fourth longest in franchise history.
Perez started the season at Triple-A Tacoma and was brought up on June 16. He was strong against left-handed hitters but was even better against right-handers, who hit .204 against him.
Perez can make an additional $600,000 in performance bonuses next year: $100,000 each for 40, 45. 50, 55, 60 and 65 games.
CARDINALS: Promoted John Mabry to hitting coach as the replacement for Mark McGwire, who told St. Louis he won’t return after three seasons and appears headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mabry, 42, whose 14 major league seasons included three stints with St. Louis, and was assistant hitting coach last season.
ASTROS: Hired Eduardo Perez as bench coach and Dennis Martinez as bullpen coach to complete the staff of new manager Bo Porter.
Martinez was a pitching coach in the Cardinals system for the past six seasons.
The Astros also announced that Tony DeFrancesco, who was Houston’s interim manager at the end of last season, would return to his former job as manager of Triple-A Oklahoma City.
ROYALS: Promoted Terry Bradshaw to minor league hitting coordinator, Jose Castro to assistant minor league hitting coordinator and Milt Thompson to outfield, bunting and baserunning coordinator.
DODGERS: Former Texas, Philadelphia and Cleveland manager Pat Corrales has been hired as a special assistant to general manager Ned Colletti.