David Ortiz may be retired from baseball, but his reign with the Boston Red Sox isn't over.
The Red Sox announced Wednesday they've signed Big Papi to a long-term deal that "should link him with the organization forever."
"For over a decade and a half, we have gotten to know what kind of man David is both on and off the field," Red Sox principal owner John Henry said. "His skill and success on the diamond are rivaled only by his spirit, compassion, and big heart. I cannot think of a better representative for our organization. I'm happy we can now say officially what we have long known, David is family."
While the press release didn't indicate his job title, the Red Sox did say Ortiz will mentor players and be involved in many facets of the organization, including recruitment, special appearances, and business development.
"I'm happy to be able to help the Red Sox organization I love in any way I can," Ortiz explained. "Whether that's offering advice to a young player, helping convince a free agent that there's no better city to play in than Boston, or representing the club in the community and with its partners, it's great to be part of the Red Sox organization. It feels like I never left."
The 41-year-old Ortiz spent 14 seasons with the Red Sox, appearing in 10 All-Star games and hitting 483 of his 541 career home runs with the club.
He also helped them win three World Series titles in 2004, 2007, and 2013.