Since the start of the offseason, I have been a proponent of letting David Ortiz walk. Despite the two-year upsurge in offense, it is hard to look past the age (35 years old) and injury history. Not to mention, Ortiz has not exactly endeared himself to the Boston Red Sox fanbase this fall.
The bottom line is Ortiz is getting at least a two-year contract, with a 70 to 80 percent chance of getting a third option year. Seeing that he made an average of $12.95 million over the last five seasons, I would not expect him to sign for anything less than $24-30 million over two years. That is a lot of money and years for a guy who can only hit, and due to recent free-agent success (or, lack thereof) it is the last thing the Boston Red Sox need.
Those last two sentences may leave you with a belly-aching question: Who can replace Big Papi? Well, never fear, answers are here (honestly, the rhyming was unintentional).
I have been an advocate of the Red Sox avoiding spending, so here is a list of internal options that could take over DH duties in 2012.