Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz To Retire After Next Season

By Staff  |  11/17/2015

David Ortiz

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, aka "Big Papi", is retiring after the 2016 season, reports ESPN.

He returns 40 years old this week.

Ortiz will make $11 million as his base salary for the 2016 season... after which he will hang up his glove.

A nine-time All-Star selection and six-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Ortiz has hit 503 homers in his career, 445 of which were recorded during his 13 seasons with the Red Sox, the third-most in franchise history behind Ted Williams (521) and Carl Yastrzemski (452). He ranks 27th on the all-time home run list, just one away from tying Hall of Famer Eddie Murray.

Last season, Ortiz finished with a .273 average, 108 RBIs and 37 home runs -- his most for a season since 2006 when he set the team record with 54 homers.

He also has three championship rings.