David Ortiz Still Plans on Retiring, Despite a Great Start to 2016

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Boston Red Sox’s Designated Hitter, David Ortiz, has the second highest slugging percentage in the MLB, and third highest OPS, being one of the best hitters of the 2016 season so far. This great production out of the blocks, however, does not seem to distract Ortiz from retirement after this season.

Ortiz tell Yahoo Sports, “I’m good with the decision that I’m making because I’ve been thinking about it for a while”.

“It’s been a couple years. Because your body, man. Your body tells you. My body, man. My body’s pretty beat up. Remember, if you look at guys my size, they don’t last. I noticed that seven or eight years ago. That’s why I needed to start doing things right. I lost 25 pounds. I started eating better, do things better. But let me tell you: It’s not easy, man”.

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Alex Gordon: Cheaper Version of Jason Heyward?

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The offseason is fully under way, with big-name players such as David Price and Zack Greinke already finding new homes before the holidays. The pitching class has reaped loads of cash this offseason with several big deals to players like Zimmermann, Cueto, Samardzija, and the aforementioned Greinke and Price. The outfield market has just as many stars available from Jason Heyward to Yoenis Cespedes. Of the top tier of outfielders, only Heyward has signed thus far. Signed by the Chicago Cubs, Heyward secured himself an eight year deal worth $184 MM. With opt-out clauses set in his contract, he could re-enter the lucrative market in a few years to reap even more. But was Heyward the right choice to sign of the four elite OFs? Heyward is known as a five-tool player, but he isn’t the only one that fits that category…

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