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How could the Red Sox replace David Ortiz?

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 10, 2013 05:34 PM

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. David Ortiz is likely to miss at least a few weeks of the regular season, perhaps more. How could the Red Sox replace him?

Here are a few options they could consider:

Keep Lyle Overbay to play first base and use Mike Napoli to DH. Overbay has looked better in recent days at the plate and could be an adequate fill-in. His being lefthanded would help balance the lineup, too.

Keep Mauro Gomez to DH. The big slugger is righthanded, which is not necessarily what the Red Sox need. But he has shown power and had a strong winter in the Dominican league.

Keep Ryan Lavarnway as a DH and occasional catcher. That would allow Jarrod Saltalamacchia to DH, too.

Have Jonny Gomes DH and keep Jackie Bradley Jr. to play left field. You can bet a lot of fans would love to see this. But Bradley, as good as he has looked this spring, has yet play at the Triple A level. This also would start his free-agent clock. If Ortiz is only going to miss a few weeks, this move seems unlikely.

Sign the likes of Jim Thome and Bobby Abreu. The Sox have more palatable in-house options.

Give Juan Carlos Linares a shot. The guy is hitting .364/.375/.545 in spring training.

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