Today, the Boston Red Sox picked up their one year, $12.5 M option on designated hitter David Ortiz. Over the past two seasons, Big Papi has gotten off to slow starts and then seems to pick it up later, catching up on the fastballs he was missing earlier in the season and ending with resonable numbers.
This past season, Ortiz caught his hot streak far sooner than he did the previous season after coming off of the tendon sheath injury in his wrist during the 2008 season:
2008 - .264 BA/23 HR/89 RBI/74 R/.877 OPS
2009 - .238/28/99/77/.794
2010 - .270/32/102/86/.899
Ortiz has progressively gotten better as the season goes on since the recovery from his wrist injury and picking up Big Papi's one year option is definitely great from a fan's perspective as well as a financial perspective with all of the free agents that hit the market yesterday, including Victor Martinez.
Let's see how soon it is before people regress back to the thoughts of trading, releasing or finding any way to get David Ortiz off the team. With his progressive numbers and knowledge that he may start the season slowly and still end up being a 30 HR, 100 RBI guy consistently, I am defnitely a believer at this point.
Thanks to Keith Allison for the photo of David Ortiz.