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Some of Boston's highest-paid players have been their weakest links this season.
With Youkilis being one of top paid players on the team, they managed to save some money by dealing him. They had to pay most of his remaining contract, but saved about $2 million.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez, the highest-paid player on the team, has struggled through three months. But, he will most likely break out his hitting funk and play up to his capabilities.
Four of the team's top seven highest-paid players are members of the starting rotation. With Beckett, Matsuzaka, Lester and Buchholz making almost a combined $40 million this season, the Red Sox may look to move some of them.
Those numbers do not even include injured outfielder Carl Crawford's salary. The lack of production from their most expensive players is a problem, and they are now relying on some cheap replacements.
Perhaps one player they may look to move is David Ortiz. The 36-year-old designated hitter is having a great season, but his $14.5 million salary may have Boston wanting to get rid of him.
His contract expires after this season, so they could choose to move him to another AL team who needs a designated hitter. His .300 batting average, 18 home runs and 49 RBI would be missed, but the Red Sox rank second in the majors in runs scored and could replace him.
It would be weird seeing him in a different uniform, but it is unclear if Ortiz will be back next season. Earlier this season, he had problems with the criticism he was receiving.
According to CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam, this past week he made comments about playing in Boston after he was asked if it was fun to play for the team:.
"Not really. Too much [expletive], man. People need to leave us alone and let us play baseball. It’s starting to become the [expletive] it used to be. Playing here used to be so much fun. Now, every day is something new, not related to baseball. People need to leave us alone. Every day is something new, some drama, some more [expletive]. I’m tired of that, man. I’m here to play baseball, man."
His latest comments will make Boston consider the idea of trading Ortiz.
The team with the fourth-highest payroll in the majors needs to make roster changes, and they need to look to add pieces for the future.