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Red Sox wise to bank on Big Papi

The numbers still add up for David Ortiz, and let's hope it stays that way

Updated: November 3, 2012, 1:12 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- How much better would you feel about the Red Sox's chances next season if someone told you general manager Ben Cherington could sign a player who brought to the table the following credentials:

• In the past three seasons (2010-2012), he trailed only Miguel Cabrera, Joey Votto, Jose Bautista and Josh Hamilton in on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS). • In the past three seasons, he trailed only Cabrera, Votto, Bautista, Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun in OPS+, ...

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