BIG PAPI, A MET?
Yes, it’s true according to an article on WFAN that cites a report from USA Today that calls David Ortiz the Met who got away.
The Minnesota Twins offered Ortiz to the Mets for practically a bag of balls in Nov. 2002, according to USA Today.
The tidbit was published Friday in a piece by Paul White about the bond between Ortiz and former teammate Torii Hunter, two players facing off in this year’s Boston-Detroit ALCS.
“Twins general manager Terry Ryan, told the Mets he wasn’t planning to tender Ortiz a contract and, if the Mets had any interest, they could easily make a deal,” White wrote. “The Mets looked at their 40-man roster and decided they didn’t have room for a guy whose knees had been a problem playing on the Metrodome’s artificial turf but had hit 15 of his 20 homers in the second half of the 2002 season.”
After he was non-tendered, Ortiz signed a free-agent contract with the Red Sox in January of 2003.
He’s won two World Series titles (2004 and 2007), hit 373 home runs and 413 doubles, accumulated 1,191 RBI and batted .292 with a .390 on-base and .952 OPS in his 11 seasons with the Red Sox.
In 2003, Ed Marcus favorite, Mo Vaughn was the first baseman for the Mets on Opening Day, and three months later general manager Steve Phillips was fired.