The man in the middle

Ortiz needs to produce for Red Sox offense to thrive in 2010; is he up for it?

Updated: March 30, 2010, 8:19 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

Less than 24 hours after the 2009 Red Sox season had been buried, covered in lime and put to rest, general manager Theo Epstein made a few bold public statements about the club's expectations for the offseason and what should follow in 2010.

Epstein addressed the need for stability at the shortstop position. He talked about the need for a solid and healthy starting rotation, specifically calling out right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka for his horrendous season. Epstein ...

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