- Enrique Rojas, ESPNdeportes
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Ortiz, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is back to posting Big Papi numbers at the plate with the Red Sox.
"Nobody from the team's front office has talked to me about a contract or about the future," Ortiz told ESPNdeportes.com Tuesday on the phone from St. Petersburg. "And to be honest, I don't expect them to do so."
Ortiz said that he is willing to sit down and hear some offers from the team during the regular season, but thinks it would not be a wise strategy for the team.
"At this point we have a good streak going. We are all focused on bringing back the championship to Boston. We don't need any particular distractions, from me or anybody else," Ortiz said.
Ortiz entered Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Rays hitting .325 with 17 home runs, 18 doubles, 43 RBIs and 42 runs in the first 65 games of the season, his best start since 2007 when he hit .332 with 35 home runs and 117 RBIs.
"They can talk about my contract in April, May, June or whenever they want," Ortiz told ESPNdeportes.com during spring training. "I don't like controversy. And if they make an offer during the season it's because they have an interest in me. If they talk to me in August, June, or whenever, I'll be available for anything.
"None of that has changed, but I think it would be somewhat improper to get into this kind of thing now that we are playing so well," Ortiz said Tuesday. "I would like to stay in Boston for the rest of my career, but it's something that is out of my control. ... All I can do is get ready each day to do the only thing I do ... hit."
Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.