A huge issue for us, in my opinion at least, is what we can expect from Ortiz. We have hgh testing this year right and the toughest overall regimen of drug testing in baseball history. Recent scandals regarding quite a few more dominican players. Ortiz now has a 2 year deal. If there is any chance he was using something, would he take the chance of doing it again in 2013? Was the heel issue real for sure considering everything else which was going down at that time last year ( Arod, Melky...etc. ).
I'm not confident Ortiz is going to continue to be a stud. If he is not we have very little chance of winning this year. If guys like Ortiz are not mega studs again, this team probably is second rate again. If Ortiz has a slow start and then has an injury, that will pretty much confirm the situation in my mind. Or just a long slump like he had a few years ago. All the indicators are there. If you really look at the data in depth and have an objective approach to it.
I sure hope I'm wrong. I really like the guy, even if he was using I still like the guy. I just make decisions based upon objective data and the numbers and overall situation do not give me confidence.
People here will find fault with me for even speculating but there were reports he was using before right. He did have a career ephiphany at around the same career stage Melky decided to be a user ( when Ortiz came over from Minnesota he went from zero to hero). He was best friend with fellow Dominican and known user Manny. Frequents a gym in the DR with know connections to steroids and such. Out of site numbers during the steroid era. Steroids legal in the DR. Over 50% of ped users caught have Dominican connections. Personally, I wouldn't have given him a 2 year contract.