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Red Sox slugger asks for contract extension

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David Ortiz has retracted his suggestion that he would leave the Boston Red Sox next summer if he isn't offered a multi-year deal.

The slugger enters the last year of his contract with the Fenway Park franchise and has threaten to leave.

In an interview with Steve Burton at CBS4 Boston, Big Papi, as he is affectionately known, said that "It might be time to move on."

But Ortiz has moved to clarify his meaning and says he has only asked Red Sox management for a one-year extension on his current deal.

Speaking to WEEI, he said: "We're good. We're good. We talked, they're talking and I just asked for one year. I didn't ask for anything crazy.

"It wasn't like I asked for a five-year deal. It's a one-year extension I asked for. I've got a contract for this year. I was asking for a one-year extension for next year. I think, like I say, I think we had a great season last year and I'm walking into free agency after this season.

"We had a conversation, they're outlining what they plan on doing and they're going to come back to me with their answer at some point. … Everything is going well. We had a great conversation.

"They are happy about what we talked about. I don't even know why people are spreading bad rumors."

Ortiz was named the MVP of the 2013 World Series, coming off an impressive season in which he batted .309/.395/.565 with 70 extra-base hits in 138 games.

The stats are highly impressive but at 38-years-old, it is unlikely the Red Sox would want to offer Ortiz anymore than two more years due to the risk of injury or general decline.

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