Should the Red Sox open contract talks with Ortiz?

Posted Aug. 09, 2011, at 9 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 10, 2011, at 5:27 a.m.

Published reports state that Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is upset that the Red Sox haven’t made overtures to him about giving him a contract extension. His five-year, $64.5 million contract is up at the end of this season.

He entered Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota hitting .295 with 22 homers and 74 runs batted in. He was eighth in the American League in homers and 10th in RBIs.

Should the Red Sox ease Ortiz’s mind by opening contract talks? Should they wait until after the season and risk upsetting him which, in turn, could hurt his production? Or should they wait to see how the rest of the season plays out? If they do offer the 35-year-old Ortiz a contract, how long should it be for?

Over these last few weeks I’ve enjoyed reading your comments to some of the questions I’ve asked. Thanks for taking a timeout to respond.

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