11/04/2010 1:30 PM ET
Red Sox to exercise 2011 contract options on designated hitter David Ortiz and right-handed pitcher Scott Atchison; to decline 2011 options on infielder/outfielder Bill Hall and infielder Felipe Lopez
Third baseman Adrian Beltre declines player option
BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today announced that they intend to exercise 2011 contract options on designated hitter David Ortiz and right-handed pitcher Scott Atchison and intend to decline team options on infielder/outfielder Bill Hall and infielder Felipe Lopez before the midnight deadline.
Additionally, third baseman Adrian Beltre declined his player option for the 2011 season.
The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Ortiz, 34, led the Red Sox with 32 home runs and 82 walks in 2010 and tied for the club lead with 102 RBI while finishing among American League leaders in homers (T-5th), RBI (T-10th), walks (9th), intentional walks (T-2nd, 14), extra-base hits (T-9th, 69), slugging (8th, .529), at-bats per home run (T-4th, 16.19) and at-bats per RBI (5th, 5.08). Named an All-Star for the sixth time in his career, he ranked among the league's top left-handed hitters in home runs (T-1st), RBI (2nd), extra-base hits (3rd), slugging (4th) and walks (5th).
Ortiz has compiled a .281 (1,598-for-5,690) with 349 home runs and 1,170 RBI over parts of 14 Major League seasons with the Twins (1997-2002) and Red Sox (2003-10). Since joining Boston, he leads the AL in extra-base hits (611), slugging percentage (.572) and walks (691) and ranks second in homers (291), doubles (308), RBI (932) and OPS (.977).
The 34-year-old Atchison posted a 2-3 record and 4.50 ERA (30 ER/60.0 IP) in a career-high 43 appearances (one start) for Boston during the 2010 season, his first Major League campaign since 2007. The right-hander allowed just 21.9 percent of inherited runners to score (7 of 32), tops among Sox relievers and eighth-best in the American League, and held opponents to a .180 average with runners in scoring position (11-for-61). He also recorded a career-high seven holds and tied career marks with two wins and eight games finished.
Hall, 30, batted .247 (85-for-344) with 18 home runs and 46 RBI in 119 games with Boston in 2010, appearing at every position other than catcher and first base. His 18 homers were the second-largest total of his career (35 in 2006) and tied for the fourth-most among Major Leaguers with 350 at-bats or less on the year.
Lopez, 30, combined for a .233 (91-for-391) batting average with eight home runs and 37 RBI in 113 games with St. Louis and Boston in 2010. Signed by the Red Sox on September 25, he went 4-for-15 (.267) with one home run, one RBI, two runs and one walk in four AL games (three starts), appearing at second base, third base and shortstop.
Beltre earned his first career All-Star selection and was named the Red Sox MVP by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America after hitting .321 (189-for-589) with 28 homers and 102 RBI in 2010. The 31-year-old led the Majors with a career-high 49 doubles and ranked among AL leaders in batting average (4th), hits (T-3rd), multi-hit games (T-5th, 53), total bases (5th, 326) and slugging (5th, .553).