The case for extending David Ortiz

Updated: February 19, 2014, 9:07 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Here's why the Boston Red Sox should give David Ortiz a contract extension: It makes good business sense to do so.

Now that's counterintuitive to how the argument is usually framed: Ortiz is 38, the Sox already have him under contract for 2014, no need to do anything now, no one else is going to pay him what the Sox are paying him, he's just bluffing when he talks about leaving if he isn't paid his due.

But the Red Sox should extend him because they've ...

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