Most Red Sox fans know that David Ortiz was once a member of the Minnesota Twins. The Twins released the underperforming slugger on Dec. 16, 2002, the Red Sox signed him 37 days later and the rest is history.
But did you know that Big Papi was once the property of the Seattle Mariners?
It’s true. Ortiz was signed as a amateur free agent by the Mariners in 1992 when he was 17. He played for their rookie league team in Arizona in 1994 and 1995 before playing Single A ball in Wisconsin in 1996.
On Sept. 13, 1996, the Mariners traded Ortiz to the Twins as the player to be named later for Dave Hollins. Two rings, 346 home runs and six All-Star teams later, he’s a Boston legend.
(Thanks to MLB Trade Rumors, which mentioned this tidbit earlier today. Figured it was worth passing along.)