Designated hitter 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 hit 23 homers and batted .318 in an injury-plagued season in 2012. He has hit 343 homers for Boston, fifth on the team’s career list, and has 1,088 RBI in his career in Boston.
Mariners sign Perez
Oliver Perez is staying with the Seattle Mariners, 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.
In 2011 Perez was released in spring training by the Mets, who owed him the final $12 million of a $36 million, three-year contract.
His deal with Seattle this year was worth $90,000 in the minors and $750,000 in the majors.
Astros hire two coaches
The Houston Astros have hired Eduardo Perez as bench coach and former Indians pitcher 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 last six seasons. Perez, who spent 13 years in the majors as a player, recently worked as hitting coach for the Marlins.
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.
Dodgers hire Corrales
Former Texas, Philadelphia and Cleveland manager Pat Corrales was hired as a special assistant to Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti. Corrales, 71, evaluated the Nationals’ minor-league system this past season.