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Sox need Big Papi more than ever

As disastrous season ends, David Ortiz should still be centerpiece of future

Updated: October 2, 2012, 1:59 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

NEW YORK -- This much, David Ortiz justifiably considers obvious, that the Boston Red Sox should give him a two-year contract extension and finally show the same regard for the players who have fought the good fight here that they do for their high-priced imports.

He has given them a full decade of elite performance, and by now they should recognize that while his performance could show slippage as he heads into his twilight years, he has offered no evidence that any decline is imminent.

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