Red Sox exercise option on Ortiz, 'as a formality'
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have exercised their 2017 option on designated hitter David Ortiz ''as a formality,'' even though he has said he will retire.
The team also exercised its option on right-hander Clay Buchholz and declined the option on catcher Ryan Hanigan.
Ortiz spent the last season on a farewell tour after announcing that he would retire at the age of 40. But the team picked up the $17.2 million option to retain his rights in case he changes his mind.
Buchholz will earn $13 million.
Hanigan receives an $800,000 buyout instead of a $3.75 million salary and becomes a free agent.
The Red Sox also reinstated third baseman Pablo Sandoval, catcher Blake Swihart, infielder Josh Rutledge and righties Carson Smith and Brandon Workman from the 60-day disabled list. Rutledge was sent outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.