The Twins let David Ortiz go yesterday, fearing the money he would be awarded in arbitration. Ortiz had 20 HRs and an .839 OPS, both good for third among Minnesota starters in 2002. And he will be only 27 in 2003. What gives?
It's my impression that the Twins want to be less susceptible to left-handed pitchers in 2003. Remember the playoffs? Ortiz is a lefty (and he had a poor playoff).
The Twins have a slew of young batters who can fill Oriz's DH role: Dustan Mohr, Michael Cuddayer "Maker", Bobby Kielty, Matt LeCroy, and Michael Restovich. And they all are cheap and right-handed (well, Kielty is a switch-hitter).
Ortiz was just in the wrong spot at the wrong time.