David Ortiz has a personality even bigger than he is, but can the 35-year-old slugger still play?
My answer is a resounding yes, and he has proven this. He has struggled in the postseason the last couple of seasons, but that happens to the best eventually. (Ask Alex Rodriguez)
Big Papi has been great for a long time and was last season as well. His age certainly wasn't a factor, as he played 146 games and did very well. In those games, he had 162 hits, 29 homers, 96 RBI and batted .309. He's having success in his mid-30s that some players never achieve.
Love him or hate him, the guy hits the ball. His success as a DH makes the Boston Red Sox offense tick. Take Ortiz out of the Red Sox lineup, and it loses a lot of its luster. He forces teams to pitch to him, or run the risk of getting a lot of guys on base. He has had a Barry Bonds effect on the Red Sox to some extent.
There are plenty of teams who need some offensive firepower, these five teams should strongly consider bringing in David Ortiz.