Minnesota Twins Have to Wonder “What-If” When Seeing David Ortiz

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David Ortiz would not seem to have a lot in common with the Minnesota Twins and he actually doesn’t; at least not anymore. What some may not know however is that Ortiz began his career with the Twins. They made a decision to not pay him the $2MM he was probably going to make so they let him go to the Boston Red Sox. The rest as they say is history. Ortiz has gone on to have a career that can only be described as great. The Twins meanwhile must be asking themselves what could have been.

On one had it seems to make sense because the Twins are a small market team and they don’t pay big name players that much money. But wait a minute before it sounds okay that they let the big man go so easily. He has made at most right at $13 to $14MM during his career with the Sox. Catcher for the Twins, Joe Mauer still brings in $10MM more than that every single season. But that is Mauer right? Well how about this?

Justin Morneau’s money made with the Twins was right along with the numbers of Ortiz. It seems that the Twins were thinking Ortiz wasn’t going to be who he turned out to be. Admittedly he didn’t have a huge breakout season until he had spent a season or so with the Red Sox, so it would have been a gamble for them to keep him.

Plus Morneau had about as good of a run as Ortiz did. Who knows, if he had stayed with the Twins, we may never have found out just how amazing Ortiz is during the postseason. I guess we all should thank the Twins instead of wagging our finger at them.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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  • Eric Benson

    Any way you try to slice it, releasing David Ortiz was an historically bad move by the Twins. It was made in all likelihood because he didn’t get along with Tom Kelly, and then Ron Gardenhire,.and because, after all, they had Matthew LeCroy to replace him. Had the Twins still had Ortiz at DH during some of those good but not quite good enough years (think 2004, 2006, 2009 & 2010) a World Series appearance or two would not have been a stretch.