Boston Red Sox Free-Agent Options: 5 Replacements for David Ortiz If He Leaves

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Boston Red Sox Free-Agent Options: 5 Replacements for David Ortiz If He Leaves
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Designated hitter David Ortiz has had a good run as a member of the Boston Red Sox. But will that legacy continue into 2012?

David Ortiz may not be a member of the Boston Red Sox in 2012.

The designated hitter, who’s been a member of the Sox since 2003 when they scooped him up from the Minnesota Twins, and the organization are destined for an ugly contract negotiation this offseason.

The Red Sox picked up a team option for $12.5 million this season. But nothing has been set in stone for beyond 2011.

Ortiz turns 36 on Nov. 18.

Since his arrival in Boston in 2003, Ortiz has never hit fewer than 28 home runs, 89 RBI and has only posted a slugging percentage below .500 once (.462 in 2009).

Whoever may fill Ortiz’s shoes will have a tough act to follow. But here are five possible replacements to Ortiz.

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