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With Ortiz, there's no easy answer

Whether option is exercised or he gets multiyear deal is a matter of pride, production

Updated: October 29, 2010, 5:11 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- David Ortiz may not realize it, but if he believes that a contract extension from the Boston Red Sox will give him peace of mind and shield him from questions and controversy, he's mistaken.

An extra year on his contract will give Ortiz additional security on paper and more guaranteed millions, but even if the Red Sox give him an extension only his performance will dictate whether he is here beyond 2011. And if his performance falters, as it ...

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