I am pretty sure that it is time to make a move. I am not talking about a panic move or a what the fuck we have an injury move. I am talking about a positive move for the whole team. Everyone and their mother is worried what are we going to do with Victor Martinez, Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Jason Varitek. That's 5 guys and only 4 spots available.
Here are some numbers:
Player A - BA .220 HR 15 RBI 62 OBP .306 SLG .405 AB 378 HITS 83
Player B - BA .297 HR 13 RBI 57 OBP .341 SLG .495 AB 323 HITS 96
I am sure you guessed that Player A is David Ortiz but maybe you are surprised that Player B is Mike Lowell. My suggestion/solution is to make Mike Lowell the full time DH for a while and relegate David Ortiz to the bench. No more of this musical chairs bullshit. Martinez at 1st, Youkilis at 3rd, Varitek behind the plate and Mike Lowell DH's. On Teks off day we can move Martinez behind the plate and start Ortiz.
I know, I know no one wants to tell Ortiz that he looks slow, that maybe his playing days are done, and that he is a whole lot closer to 40 than he is to his listed age of 33 but this has to be done. I will suck it up and I will make that call. I appreciate all that he has done here in Boston but maybe we take for granted the fact that we signed him to be a part time/platoon player with Jeremy Giambi and that we got so much more from him?
It's like you find a baseball card in a yard sale, buy it dirt cheap and when you get it home you find out you got something worth a shitload more than you paid for it. Over time the value rises but eventually it hits a ceiling and starts to lose value. That is were David Ortiz is at now. He is on the down slide.
It's similar to all the Doc Gooden, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Daryl Strawberry, Roger Clemens, Gary Sheffield and Ken Griffey Jr cards that we bought back in the day. There was a time that you could sell them sky high, now they are barely worth the paper they are printed on.
Its time to play Mike Lowell at DH, while his hip heals and while he is still hitting and put David Ortiz on the bench.