Big Papi is making big noise about wanting a long-term deal from the Red Sox. And if the Red Sox won’t give Papi his long-term deal? Big Papi will take his big stick to another team.
Papi was asked by Boston CBS4’s Steve Burton if he would like to retire as a member of the Red Sox, the team he has led to the top of the mountain three times in 11 years.
“Hey, I would like to. I’m having fun. It’s been a hell of a ride as long as I’ve been here,” Papi said. “But as I always keep on telling people, this is a business. Sometimes you’ve got to do what’s best for you and your family.
“As long as they keep offering me a job and I keep doing what I’m supposed to do and the relationship keeps on building up, I’m going to be there. Hopefully, I won’t have to go and wear another uniform.”
Burton then asked Papi point blank what happens if the Red Sox won’t acquiesce to his wishes for a multi-year deal.
“Time to move on,” Papi replied.
Such a threat would normally be kind of hollow coming from a 38-year-old DH. But Papi is no ordinary 38-year-old DH. He’s coming off a brilliant year capped by a World Series MVP trophy. Plus he’s a legend in Boston.
Papi has more leverage than your average 38-year-old DH. Still, Boston has reason to be hesitant. Great as Papi may have been in 2013, the fact remains that he is 38 and a DH.
Boston has already stated that negotiating with Papi is a back-burner situation right now. This may sound harsh but it’s the correct approach. They can wait until after the year to get a contract done. We’ll see then what kind of leverage Papi has.