Big Papi in Baltimore? Think again

Big Papi in Baltimore? Think again
October 16, 2012, 1:00 am
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Big Papi in Baltimore? I don’t think so.

There have been rumblings that David Ortiz might be interested in the Orioles if the Red Sox don’t present him with an acceptable contract offer.

It’s natural to think that Ortiz, who played in just 90 games, his fewest in his 10 seasons with Boston, might be interested in Baltimore.

The Orioles are contenders for the first time in his major league career. Right field in Oriole Park is very inviting, and he would still play in the familiar AL East.

Last season, Ortiz signed for $14.575 million, and at 37, it’s not likely that he’ll command a salary close to that.

With the Red Sox in a rebuild mode, why should they spend big bucks on an aging, one-dimensional slugger? Papi is popular in Boston, and he’s waited out the Sox in the past.

Last year, there was some talk that the Orioles were interested in him. They shouldn’t be.

The behemoth DH-type is becoming passe. Few teams other than the Red Sox have a pure DH,  and Buck Showalter felt handicapped in 2011 when he had Vladimir Guerrero, who couldn’t play in the field.

The Orioles also have Chris Davis, whose 33 home runs and 85 RBIs largely as a DH, should be formidable enough to keep Big Papi out of Charm City.