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7. David Ortiz

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Big Papi seemed headed for his best season ever before an Achilles injury crashed the party -- limiting him to just 90 games. His frustrations became public at times, including his response to an ESPN report that the clubhouse was "toxic": "It seems every day there is something new about players. People need to leave us alone and let us play ball. It's becoming the [expletive] hole it used to be." He finished with a .318 BA, 23 HRs and 60 RBIs in his injury-shortened season, and was rewarded with a two-year contract worth at least $26 million.

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