While the rest of the baseball world is focusing on game one of the 2012 World Series tonight, the Boston Red Sox continue their quest to build a better on field product for 2013. In a largely unnoticed move, Boston hired former pitching coach John Farrell to succeed Bobby Valentine as the next manger of the Red Sox. Today rumors leaked that general manager Ben Cherington is in talks to bring Ortiz back, a move the Sox desperately need.
As of this writing the only firepower the Sox have in their offense is an oft injured center fielder named Jacoby Ellsbury and a scrappy second baseman who goes by Dustin Pedroia. When Ortiz went down for good in July, Will Middlebrooks got injured and once Adrian Gonzalez was traded, Boston had the likes of Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hitting cleanup. While they are great role players it’s tough to imagine a championship team with them in the heart of the order. It’s alright that Boston won’t field an all star at every position. A big plan of theirs is to get the Cody Ross’s of the world, guys who will play hard for Farrell.
Ortiz will undoubtedly play hard for Farrell. He should also be the focus point of the Red Sox offense, hitting third every game behind Ellsbury and Pedroia. Up until his Achilles injury, Ortiz was having his best season since 2007, hitting .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBI in only 90 games. He is however 37 years old and paying a designated hitter $15 million a season at that age is a little scary. If anyone deserves it however it is Ortiz, the only member of that 2004 World Series team still with the club.
Rumors say the talks could be finalized by the end of the week and Ortiz has already met with Farrell and his been working out at Fenway’s facilities, signs that these rumors are indeed true. A multi-year deal could keep Ortiz in a Boston uniform until he retires. He’s been a clutch performer, a fan favorite, a world series winner, and a team leader. It’s time he gets payed and helps Cherington build the next great Red Sox team.
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Written by Brendan Tuma
I'm currently a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst studying sport management with a minor in education. I'm an avid sports fan particularly baseball, basketball, football, and fantasy sports. I've interned with the Worcester Tornadoes, who are an independent league baseball team and work for UMass baseball as well. I hope to someday be a major fixture in the world of sports.