Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined WEEI’s Rob Bradford on Monday to discuss David Ortiz‘s desire for a multi-year contract extension, Jacoby Ellsbury defecting to the Yankees and other offseason news. To hear the interview, go to the WEEI audio on demand page. Ortiz told Steve Burton on CBS4′s “Sports Final” show Sunday night that he would consider playing for a different team if he could not agree to a multi-year deal with the Red Sox after this season. “Everyone doubts David,” Pedroia said. “Everyone thinks, ‘Oh, this is going to be the year that he doesn’t hit 30 home runs and drives in 100. This is going to be it. He’s getting older.’ The only one who knows when that’s going to happen is David, and just by the way he’s talking, the way he’s working, just his mindset, everything — it’s not going to stop. “I love the fact that he always has that chip on his shoulder that he has to prove people wrong. I love that about him. I love David to death. … In my opinion, whatever he wants — for God’s sake, he hit .900 in the World Series, you know what I mean? He’s one of the guys that when we walk into spring training, you don’t even have to worry about what he’s going to do during the year. You know it’s already done. All you have to do is press play.” “I don’t look at David as how much money he makes or what kind of numbers he puts up,” Pedroia added. “I look at David as what he brings to our team and how he’s going to help us accomplish our goals, and it goes a lot further than him just being a DH.” Pedroia, who penned an eight-year, $110 million contract with Boston in July, said that he is happy to have such a long contract with the Red Sox, but he hates the business of baseball.
Dustin Pedroia on WEEI podcast: David Ortiz should be given ‘whatever he wants’
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