Braves exercise 2004 option on RHP Ortiz

Updated: November 4, 2003, 9:22 AM ET

ATLANTA - As expected, the Atlanta Braves exercised the 2004 option on the contract of ace Russ Ortiz.

At $5.7 million, Ortiz is indeed a bargain after leading the National League with 21 wins this past season. The righthander also will receive bonuses if he exceeds 195 innings.

"It's really pretty uneventful," Ortiz said. "I mean this is something that I expected. But at the same time it's still exciting to get it done."

The 29-year-old Ortiz became the ace in his first season ...

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