Fresh off a spectacular 2013 season in which he reached 2,000 career hits, slugged 30 home runs and batted nearly .700 in helping the Red Sox win the World Series, designated hitter David Ortiz said this week that he is hopeful that he and the club will agree to extend his contract through the 2015 season.

“We are talking,” he said. “I don’t think there’s going to be any complication. I just want to get one more year extension. . . . My agents and the front office, they’ve been talking, and I think at some point we are going to get it done.”


The 38-year-old Ortiz has one year left on the two-year, $26 million contract he signed after the 2012 season. He has been with Boston since 2003 and helped lead them to three World Series titles, including last October’s six-game triumph over the Cardinals that capped Boston’s worst-to-first season.

Ortiz recently returned to the U.S. from his native Dominican Republic, where he has been preparing for the upcoming season. He appeared at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where he made promotional appearances on behalf of dog-food company Pedigree, which is donating food to shelters for every video shared on Facebook with the hashtag #dogtales. Ortiz has two dogs, named Happy and Foxxy.

“Man’s best friend — remember that,” he said, while chiding this reporter for not having a dog. “Let me tell you, it doesn’t matter how my day goes, once I get home, they are always happy waiting for me. That’s a game-changer right there.”