David Ortiz Free Agent News: 10 Reasons Red Sox Need to Let Him Go

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David Ortiz Free Agent News: 10 Reasons Red Sox Need to Let Him Go
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With the St. Louis Cardinals recently winning the 2011 World Series, winter is here and that means free agency in baseball is quickly approaching.

While Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder are the cream of the crop of free agents, a Red Sox hero could be in a new home come spring training.

Over the past nine seasons, David Ortiz has solidified himself among Red Sox greats as he was given a plaque by the Boston Red Sox ownership that said "The greatest clutch-hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox" and has also been instrumental in delivering two world championships to Boston.

Big Papi played well in 2011 and cut down on his strike outs. However, at 35 years old, he is not part of the future of the Red Sox organization.

The Sox could bring Ortiz back at the very tail-end of his career where he can retire in a city that respects him so much, but it is time for the Red Sox to let him go and here are 10 reasons why.

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