There is no downside to this contract, as it keeps a happy Ortiz in Boston through 2014. Keeping Ortiz in Boston was essential from a public relations standpoint and if the deal is a little high, well, the Punto trade gave the team the necessary payroll flexibility and if they're going to potentially waste a few million, it might as well go to someone like the Large Father.
Gordon Edes posted the following:
• In the past three seasons (2010-2012), he trailed only Miguel Cabrera, Joey Votto, Jose Bautista and Josh Hamilton in on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS).
• In the past three seasons, he trailed only Cabrera, Votto, Bautista, Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun in OPS+, which measures OPS adjusted to a player's home park.
• In the past three seasons, he trailed only Cabrera, Bautista, Hamilton, Votto and Braun in slugging percentage.
• In the past three seasons, he trailed only Bautista, Giancarlo Stanton, Cabrera and Hamilton in isolated power (ISO), which measures the percentage of extra-base hits a player has.