The Red Sox have come to a long-term agreement with 10-time All-Star and three-time World Series Champion David Ortiz, inking an unprecedented deal that should link him with the organization forever. In his new role, Ortiz will act as a mentor for current players, participate in recruitment efforts, make a variety of special appearances for the club, and work in a business development capacity for Fenway Sports Management and its partners.
"For over a decade and a half, we have gotten to know what kind of man David is both on and off the field," said Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry. "His skill and success on the diamond are rivaled only by his spirit, compassion, and big heart. I cannot think of a better representative for our organization. I'm happy we can now say officially what we have long known, David is family."
"For 14 seasons, David was an instrumental part of this club's victories and achievements," said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. "He has delivered for us in every scenario, even the ones that seemed dire and hopeless - he never let us down. Like David himself, this agreement is unique and the first time we have made a commitment of this kind or this length to a player, retired or active. I am delighted we have a lasting partnership with him; one that brings to us the wisdom, experience, and character that has lifted this club time and again."
"I'm happy to be able to help the Red Sox organization I love in any way I can," said Ortiz. "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, known as the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history, announced his plans to retire on November 18, 2015, his 40th birthday, and played his final game on October 10, 2016 in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians. After 14 consecutive seasons with the Red Sox, Ortiz's number 34 was retired by the club on Friday, June 23, 2017, the 11th on the right field facade of Fenway Park.