With a disastrous season finally ending tonight in New York, the Boston Red Sox can finally move forward and begin the process of rebuilding their underachieving team.
Because of both his production and his importance to the entire organization, David Ortiz must be the first player the Sox lock up for the 2013 season and beyond.
Prior to going down with an Achilles strain on July 16, Ortiz was enjoying his best season since 2006. He was on pace for over 35 home runs, 42 doubles and about 100 RBI. His batting average (.318) and OPS (1.026) were both in the top three best seasons in his 16-year career.
Not bad for a guy who, at 36 years old, should be in decline.
After playing the last two seasons on one-year contracts, the beloved Big Papi is justifiably looking for one last multi-year deal to finish out his career. Here are five reasons why the Sox need to be the team to give it to him: