Big Papi will be a Red Sox for at least as another because it was announced yesterday that the team had picked up his $12.5 million option. Ortiz has been plagued by slow starts the last few years and if he could turn that around, he might be worth the price tag. I doubt if Ortiz, as just a DH, could have gotten this kind of money on the open market but hopefully it motivates him a little to play.
Baseball America recently released their Red Sox top ten prospects list. At the top of the list is 2008 first round draft pick Casey Kelly. The pitching convert had a rough season at Double A last year but it was his first full season as a hurler. It’ll be interesting to see whether the Red Sox keep Kelly at Double A to start the season or whether they bump him up to Triple A. Baseball America thinks we’ll be seeing Kelly in the rotation at some point in 2012.
Shortstop Jose Iglesias comes in at number two. Shortstop has been a revolving door for the Red Sox and while Iglesias is a little ways away, he could be the shortstop of the future. Slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo had a nice year last year and he’s third but his biggest problem is Kevin Youkilis blocking him. 2010 first round pick Anthony Ranaudo and lefty Drake Britton round out the top five. Britton is particularly interesting because he may have been a steal in the 23rd round and it looks like his Tommy John surgery is far enough in his past to where he should be able to start moving up the ladder.
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