Big Papi confirms front-office role with Red Sox

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Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

After months of tepid speculation regarding his future with the Boston Red Sox, former slugger David Ortiz confirmed on Tuesday that he and the club have agreed to a role within the organization.

"I'm going to be doing different things with the Red Sox," Ortiz said at a partnership event, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.

"I'm going to be up in the front office. Doing some things like seeing players. That's going to happen. At some point you're going to see me more often around, things like spring training. Pretty much what the other guys normally do."

Rumors had originally suggested that Ortiz would return to the Red Sox as a player, but the storied slugger said that was never going to happen.

"No. I told you guys how it was going to be and it's been that way," Ortiz said, when asked if the Red Sox pushed him for a return.

"Just because I look in shape and everything, don't let me fool you. I haven't swung the bat since I retired."