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How will David Ortiz do next season?

David Ortiz has been the Boston Red Sox' best hitter for the past decade Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
David Ortiz has been the Boston Red Sox' best hitter for the past decade
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

In early June of 2009, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was in a deep slump. On June 2nd, Papi was hitting .186/.282/.286 with a .566 OPS in 52 games — without a homer.

Fast forward five years later and not only does Ortiz win his third World Series ring, but he is also back to his old self. Hitting .263/.355/.517 with a .873 OPS while clubbing 35 home runs in 142 games, the 38-year-old designated hitters showed no signs of regression this past season as he did five years ago. All his doubters were hushed a long time ago as the Dominican slugger looks to be equally as productive in 2015.

Slugging 30 home runs in each of the past two seasons after failing to do so in two straight season, he may be able to get a third straight season of 30 bombs.

Regardless of whether or not he hits 28 or 32 home runs, Ortiz will still be able to showcase his ability to get on base. Owning a .379 career OBP, he gets on base often which is a huge compliment to his excellent power.

Like a vase is the center piece of a table, David Ortiz is the center piece of the Boston Red Sox offense. In a lineup without many power bats, Ortiz looks to hold the team down and provide a huge boost in the power department with Yoenis Cespedes and Mike Napoli there to compliment him.

Although Ortiz' playing days are numbered, he should be able to string together two to three more productive seasons before it is all said and done. Odds are, he will not slug the most home runs in Red Sox history, but he may give Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski a run for his money for the number two spot on the list.

At this point, his contract disputes in Spring Training seem like a distant memory after the productive season he put up this past season.

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