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Ortiz reports, launches several homers in BP

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz arrived at camp on Tuesday and promptly launched several homers during his first batting practice of Spring Training.

Fern Cuza, who represents Ortiz, was also in town and said he hopes to get a chance to talk with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington during his stay in Fort Myers.

Cuza said there have been no contract talks with the Red Sox regarding Ortiz since December. The slugger has one year left on his contract, but he has expressed a desire to get an extension.

However, Ortiz, who will hold his annual "State of Papi" news conference on Wednesday, indicated to ESPN Deportes that he's not preoccupied about an extension.

"There's no hurry with it," Ortiz told reporter Enrique Rojas. "The fact that I want another year is something normal between us players. I've said many times, and I will continue saying it: Boston is where I want to end my career. The team knows it."

The only thing that annoys Ortiz, who was the MVP of the 2013 World Series, is when he is criticized by the media for talking about his contract.

"I don't even know why they're [complaining] about me talking about contracts," Ortiz told the Boston Herald on Tuesday. "Guys putting up my numbers, they're making $25, $30 million. I'm not asking for that. I'm asking for half of it. And they're still [complaining] about it? Hey, every time I talk about my contract, I earn it."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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