Boston Red Sox: 5 Replacement Options for David Ortiz at Designated Hitter

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Boston Red Sox: 5 Replacement Options for David Ortiz at Designated Hitter
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With David Ortiz's impending free agency and his waxing poetic about playing in New York for the hated Yankees, Boston must start planning for LAPLife After Papi.

I blatantly omitted Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols as I highly doubt either player wants to be a full time DH. Besides, with Adrian Gonzales in town, first base is spoken for.

So who remains as options for the Red Sox?

Unlike the winter of 2002/2003 when Theo Epstein basically flipped a coin between Brad Fulmer and David Ortiz, Boston has the wherewithal the go out and get whomever they wish with a much more scientific approach.

Here I've offered five names that seem to make sense (to me, at least). The first two are free agent signings, whereas the other three are trades.

Either way, Big Papi will leave massive shoes to fill both on the field and off. His eventual replacement will need to produce immediate results or risk the wrath of Red Sox Nation.


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