David Ortiz

David Ortiz triggers contract for 2016

Rob Bradford
August 08, 2015 - 5:26 pm

David Ortiz' first-inning double Saturday night meant more than just a good start for the Red Sox. It meant $11 million for the designated hitter. With the at-bat Ortiz reached 425 plate appearances for the season, triggering his option for the 2016 season. He is now guaranteed $11 million for '16, with the opportunity to make more for additional plate appearances. Ortiz' '16 salary will increase by $1 million each time he reaches 475, 500, 525, 575 and 600 plate appearances. At his current pace, the 39-year-old would maximize his deal, guaranteeing him $16 million for next season. Ortiz didn't stop with the double, going on to not only launch his 23rd home run of the season -- a solo shot in the sixth inning -- but gave the Red Sox the lead in the seventh with a two-run single. "I earned it," Ortiz told WEEI.com's John Tomase earlier in the week when asked about the milestone. "That's why I'm playing next year. Because I earned it." The DH added, "That's the way we pretty much agreed to do things. You know me, I get greedy when it comes down to performance. I want to put up numbers. I agreed to do it that way, because if I don't put up numbers, what would be the reason to continue playing?" Following his final hit of the game, Ortiz' OPS stood at .821