David Ortiz has helped the Boston Red Sox win a lot of games and he wants to sign a new contract to help them win more. However, he told Rob Bradford of WEEI that the Red Sox need to be just as committed to winning as he is.
"When it comes down to negotiations, the one thing I want to tell you is I want to be here," he said. "I want to be part of this. That's the thing I can tell you the most going into free agency. At the same time, this is a winning ballclub here. You need to bring in those players who like to win because this is a winning organization right here. This is an organization that the past 10 years have been very successful. You can't let that rhythm walk away from you. You have to at least be part of the playoffs. We have two wild cards, and we're not even in it. You can't let that happen."
I think this is symbolic of the general feeling about the Boston Red Sox: The team has to be in a position to win right now. It is hard to do well in the American League East because the division is so competitive. If the Red Sox are going to do well next year, something big will happen this winter.
I don't necessarily mean that the Red Sox will sign a giant free agent, but I do believe that they will take a serious look at what parts haven't been working this year and will respond accordingly. As we are seeing with the Philadelphia Phillies right now, sometimes you can trade your starters who have traditionally been more productive and all of a sudden the team starts doing really well.
The Boston Red Sox don't have to go out and spend a ton of money, but they do need to look at where their strengths and weaknesses are and make moves to help shore up those weaknesses.
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