Photo Credit: Boston Herald
Speaking at the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic, the beloved Big Papi spoke to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, about the current state of the Boston Red Sox.
It was just last off-season when Ortiz made the suggestion that the best player on the free agent market, Edwin Encarnacion would be the best player to replace him. The Red Sox initially talked with his representatives, but never offered him a contract, leading to a three year deal with Cleveland.
Meanwhile in Boston, the offense wasn’t able to regain the power. After hitting a combined 168 home runs (last in the AL), Dombrowski made it clear that obtaining a power bat was an offseason goal.
JD Martinez, Carlos Santana, Eric Hosmer, and Jose Abreu have all been linked to the Red Sox.
When asked, Ortiz said without little hesitation, Ortiz’s endorsement was for Jose Abreu.
“Abreu. No question. He’s the guy pitchers won’t want to face. And that means a lot.”
When asked to elaborate on his thoughts, he continued by saying,
“It takes pressure away from everybody. When you are that one guy in the lineup that pitchers worry about, pitchers know they are going to make a stop there, they have a tendency to make more mistakes with the rest of the guys. All of their focus is going to be not let that Big Papi guy beat you.” – David Ortiz via WEEI
In 2014, Ortiz voiced his support for the Red Sox signing Nelson Cruz who had come off a huge year with the Orioles, but the Sox were reluctant to sign him.
This season, Ortiz’ hopes they finally are able to get that bat to help the lineup.
“The addition of a big bat, I think it will be better for the lineup. Hopefully, it happens. I like the makeup we had the past season because even not hitting that many homers we made it to the playoffs. Our pitching did a hell of a job this past season, even with a few guys struggling. But the team knows they need another power hitter” – David Ortiz
The rumors between the Red Sox and Abreu haven’t gained much traction due the reported demands the White Sox being a bit too rich for the Red Sox at this current time.
The Red Sox and White Sox have made trades together, including last winter’s Chris Sale deal. So with the Winter Meetings beginning in earnest on Monday, I’d expect these rumors to pick up some steam.