Noonan: The Red Sox Should Re-Sign David Ortiz

Should the Red Sox re-sign Ortiz? Yes or No?

By Matt Noonan 

It’s a conversation that everyone is having these days and nope, it doesn’t pertain toward the birds and the bees, but instead, the question of should the Boston Red Sox resign David Ortiz?

Heck, this should be an easy answer, right?

This past Saturday, despite being rather excited about an important win against the dreadful, New York Yankees, Ortiz chose to lash out at the Red Sox, as well as their entire organization. In fact, it was almost a shout-out towards general manager, Theo Epstein and his cronies.

However, was there a response? Hmm… I don’t recall, but there were numerous articles, as well as Tweets and Facebook comments, yet, does that even count? Who knows, right?

Do the Red Sox really need Ortiz going forward or does Ortiz need the Red Sox? It’s a tough one, but certainly a debate that will continue for the rest of the season, as well as into November and December. Although, I strongly believe he should finish his career in a Red Sox uniform, especially after the recent success he’s experienced in the Hub.

Ortiz’s numbers have been quite impressive this season. In fact, as of August 9, 2011, he’s recorded 22 home runs, 74 RBIs, 114 hits, 30 doubles and one stolen base. If you’re a true stat geek, you’d probably notice that his numbers this season somewhat mirror his efforts from ’04, ’05, ’06 and ’07.

Does anyone remember what happened against the Yankees in the ’04 ALCS, (American League Championship Series)? I think he played the role of Superman, right? In fact, I’m almost positive that if it weren’t for Ortiz’s home run in Game 4 or RBI single in Game 5, Boston wouldn’t have gone onto win the pennant or World Series.

Yet, once again, I know that I am unleashing my inner fandom in this article, but I truly feel that this particular situation is a no-brainer. Theo, sign the guy, please! Keep Ortiz in Boston because otherwise, he’ll probably comeback to hurt us with either the Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angles of Anaheim Angels or perhaps, the Detroit Tigers.

Boston has a lot of decisions and moves that needs to be addressed before the start of the 2012 season, but in the meantime, could someone at least give Ortiz a new contract? I think it’s pretty clear that “Big Papi” wants to remain in Boston, so let’s make this happen because otherwise someone in the Yankees organization might snatch him.

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  1. I agree with your overall point especially given the lack of DH talent on the market today. If you look at the numbers all steady American League designated hitters are putting up, Ortiz seems to be in a league of his own. Although second in batting average as a DH (Michael Young, a phenomenal hitter, is first at .334) Ortiz has put up the most home runs in the league at the DH position. Ortiz has knocked 22 homers while Kansas City’s BIlly Butler is a distant second at 13. Power and run production is the sole point of the designated hitter. The position was invented for run production. Out of all the players who have DH’d this season, only eight players really qualify at the position. This shows the severe rotation and market demand for a true DH. The other seven designated hitters, with at least 97 games played at the position are Young, Butler, Vladimir Guerrero, Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu, and the woeful Adam Dunn, who is having a season he would wish to be stricken from the history books with a .165 batting average and only 11 homers. Butler is still young (only 25), and if Eric Hosmer pans out in KC, Butler might try to find a home at first base on another team. Young, Matsui, Guerrero, Abreu, Damon, and Dunn are all on their way out of the game and their statistics show it. for some reason, big Papi is still producing. They only bump in the road for the Red Sox would be money. Ortiz is in all likelihood going to want to be paid like an elite DH. He will want multiple years, which I would have no problem giving (perhaps 2-3) but the price needs to be right for Boston to want to commit given the fact that the organization has a ton of money invested elsewhere. Plus, are Papi’s stats so inflated this year because he wants a new contract and are we risking a drop-off if we guarantee him multiple years? These are all the things the Red Sox have to factor and it is well known that Theo Epstein does not like to deal with contract issues during the season. There is no doubt the demand for Ortiz will be very high, especially given the year he is having. I say a 2-3 year contract at $5-7MM per year is a reasonable deal, but time will tell.

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