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Take a chance on releasing Ortiz?

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 9, 2010 03:52 PM

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If the Red Sox drift further out of contention, the temptation will be great to start preparations for 2011 and that would mean getting rid of players like David Ortiz in favor of seeing what younger players can do.

Let's be honest, the Red Sox will not be picking up their $12.5 million option on Ortiz for 2011 and there is little chance they would bring him back at even a cut-rate price.

But now that Nick Johnson has landed on the disabled list for the 10th time with yet another wrist injury, the Yankees may need a designated hitter. If the Red Sox were t release

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