Boston Red Sox

Red Sox Need DH Replacement

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 14:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox strikes out swinging with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 14, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Angels won 5-4 in 12 innings.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IMay 20, 2009

We're now a month and a half into the season and David Ortiz is still struggling at the plate.

He is hitting .203 with no home runs and a .317 on-base percentage. He can't hit anything but a fastball while struggling to catch up to the fastball depending on the pitchers' speed.

Ortiz is the only DH without a home run, and is slugging just .293.

The Red Sox are two-and-a-half games out of first and will need to pick it up if they want to stay in contention.

Ken Rosenthal suggests the Red Sox trade Clay Buchholz for Rangers prospect Justin Smoak or Cardinals prospect Brett Wallace.

The Red Sox could approach the Indians about Victor Martinez but they are looking for major-league ready pitcher in return like Buchholz or Michael Bowden.

Martinez is hitting .400 with seven home runs in 155 at-bats.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.

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