Report: Manny and Ortiz on 2003 doping list

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Here we go.

The New York Times reports that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were on that infamous 2003 doping list:

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the
sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World
Series championship drought and to capture another title three years
later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test
positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers
with knowledge of the results
.

Of course, these results were supposed to remain anonymous, but many
high-profile names, including Alex Rodriguez, have managed to slip
through.

Ortiz was asked about the story before Thursday’s game, saying:

“I’m not talking about that anymore. I have no comment.”

It looks like Papi’s lowly .224/.311/.409 line and general deterioration now has an obvious, and rather sad explanation.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.