David Ortiz has the right to reject any proposed trade and he is ready to assert that right, saying he won’t allow any deal that would end his time with the Boston Red Sox. “No chance. This is the team I’ll be with the rest of my career,” Ortiz said via the Boston Globe on Thursday when asked about the possibility that he’ll be traded. “I couldn’t do that to my family. I couldn’t just go to another team and fit in after all of these years. I want to be here.”
The “10-5 rule” in Major League Baseball gives a veteran of 10 years with five years playing for the same team the right to reject any proposed trade. Ortiz, nicknamed Big Papi, is a designated hitter and first baseman who has suited up for the Red Sox every season since 2003. He played for the Minnesota Twins from 1997 to 2002. The power hitter, who will turn 40 in November, helped bring Boston three World Series championships, in 2004, 2007 and 2013; he was named the 2013 World Series' Most Valuable Player.
The Red Sox are struggling this season, with a 29-39 record, last in the Eastern Division of the American League. In 60 games and 221 at bats, Ortiz has a .231 batting average, nine home runs and 29 RBIs.