Originally written on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 3/12/13
Making sure David Ortiz is healthy is far more important than having him rush back for Opening Day. Looking at this roster his absence will be felt more than it would have been in recent years. For the first time since 2007 or 2008, Big Papi is being relief upon to carry the offense. This also ties into the narrative that giving Ortiz a two-year deal is as Gary Tanguay said, "A gold watch for 2004," or was signed to sell tickets. Going into the 2011 and 2012 seasons Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis were expected to carry the weight. With those players moving on and Ortiz's resurgence, Big Papi is expected to be the man again. That gave him more leverage than he ever had coming into free agency. The Red Sox had more money than they knew what to do with. The Red Sox were in no position to take Ortiz to the wall again. They needed to wrap up his contract quickly so they could also devote their time and energy to filling the rest of the roster. Without Ortiz the 2013 Red Sox might...
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