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Toronto Blue Jays: What to Make of the David Ortiz to Toronto Rumor?

BOSTON, MA - JULY 05:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox hits a double in the second inning as J.P. Arencibia #9 of the Toronto Blue Jays catches on July 5, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Stephen BrownCorrespondent IIOctober 27, 2011

So it has been mentioned in a couple different articles that the Blue Jays “will not rule out” adding David Ortiz this offseason.

Ortiz is set to become a free agent this season and has a great rapport with Blue Jays manager John Farrell.

Although this is nothing but a rumor that started at the Boston Herald and has made its way up to Sports Illustrated, it is still worth discussing.

Should the Jays make a play for Big Papi?

I have made it known here and here that I believe the Blue Jays need to attract a big bat in order to compete with two of the top three offenses in the league that are in their division.

However, I don’t think that Ortiz is the answer.

Ortiz is a big personality who loves the spotlight and has always played in big games his whole career. If the Blue Jays struggle early and are out of contention, how much motivation will the big DH have?

Ortiz loves Jose Bautista and Farrell and has had great success at the Rogers Centre, hitting more HR there than any other visiting ballpark.

Granted, Ortiz had a solid season last year (29 HR, 96 RBI, .309, .953 OPS), but he is 36 and won’t be around when the Blue Jays will be likely contending.

Avoid spending the double-digit millions per year on someone who is set to decline. I completely disagree with articles that believe he would be a solid signing, as they must think money grows on trees and that statistics are just transferable from team to team and from year to year.

Make a play for a younger, sexier bat with the likes of Fielder or Votto.

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