MLB Free Agents 2012: Why David Ortiz Would Be Great Fit for Yankees
The Red Sox seem pretty intent on eradicating all evidence of last year ever happening, and that might include letting David Ortiz walk.
One such spot that could potentially fit him is in the Bronx. That's right, David Ortiz would actually fit well with the New York Yankees.
Ignoring all the rivalry talk, Ortiz is still a player and he's a pretty good one too. His bat and numbers would certainly love that short porch in right.
So let's take a look at the reasons why David Ortiz would be a great fit for the Yankees.
Yankees Need a DH
Jorge Posada filled the role of DH this past season, but he was soon demoted to a bench player.
Now there's a chance Posada's pinstripe playing days are over and the Yankees are going to need to fill that spot.
Of course Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez will see some time as a DH considering their age, but they're not going to be there full-time as Eduardo Nunez isn't ready to play everyday.
Then there's Jesus Montero, but I feel a little funny having a 22-year-old DH everyday even if a ghost can stop more balls than his glove.
This is where David Ortiz comes in since he's one of the better DHs around. His bat hasn't completely slowed down yet as evident in the last season.
At the DH spot, Ortiz can give the Yankees a lineup that would really be feared.
Great Plate Discipline
The Yankees have long been known as a patient team. They will wear out the pitcher by not chasing balls outside of the strike zone and by fouling off ball after ball after ball.
Their lineup has been and is filled by guys who draw a lot of walks and are known for their plate discipline.
David Ortiz is one such hitter.
Sure his walk totals are down from previous years, but he still has a good eye and rarely chases balls.
Putting Ortiz at the three spot would give A-Rod, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano plenty of pitches to see. It would also wear the opposing pitcher down so that he might make a mistake those guys can capitalize on.
Ortiz's approach at the plate is very Yankee-like (cue the angry Red Sox fans).
David Ortiz is fully capable of crushing balls out of the park. He's a fan of the long ball and it's no secret.
Good thing for him that the Yankees have the nickname of the Bronx Bombers.
Putting Ortiz in that lineup would make the Yankees the Bronx Bombers once again as they recently haven't relied on the home run too much these past couple of seasons.
Last season only Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira had over 30 home runs. The Bronx Bombers are used to having at least three players north of 30.
If A-Rod can get back to form, Robinson Cano continues to grow and Ortiz joins the team, then the Bronx Bombers will really be back.
I've always thought highly of David Ortiz, especially his personality, even though he's a Red Sox.
He never really rubbed people the wrong way or pissed people off a la Manny Ramirez, Kevin Youkilis, or Dustin Pedroia.
Ortiz would be a great addition to the clubhouse given his personality. He would fit right in among the likes of Nick Swisher and A.J. Burnett.
Not to mention he's already friends with several Yankees, including Robinson Cano who Ortiz picked for this past Home Run Derby.
The current Yankees team is a lively bunch with great chemistry, and Ortiz would only add to it.
That Short Porch in Right
You were probably wondering when I was going to get here.
Yankee Stadium is famous (or is it infamous?) for its right field. How far in it is to be exact.
Left-handed batters have always favored that short porch in right, often pulling the ball.
Last season, Curtis Granderson took full advantage of right field as his power numbers shot up.
Mark Teixeira also loves that short porch so much he forgot that he's allowed to hit the ball to the opposite field.
David Ortiz would use right field like he was paid to, which would probably be the case if the Yankees sign him. His power numbers would rise thanks to it, and he could be just like the Ortiz of old.
If that happens, the Yankees will undoubtedly have the most feared lineup in the majors.