Talking prior to the Red Sox' 13-9 win over the Royals Tuesday night, David Ortiz told WEEI.com that he would welcome the Sox heading into the playoffs with Josh Reddick as the team's everyday right fielder.
"That kid right there, I would throw up against anybody," Ortiz said. "What he's doing right now for us is big-time.
"When I watch him play he just looks like one of those old-school guys who plays the game hard. It doesn't matter who's pitching, he's going to give you 120 percent when he's playing. That kid right there, that's how he is. His confidence is unbelievable, he's hungry and he wants to play. I'll take my chances with him."
The Red Sox designated hitter -- who also happens to be good friends with one of the biggest names as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran -- also suggested that the collection of players the Sox currently possess would be good enough to win the World Series. Ortiz did, however, hint that he wouldn't be against some sort of addition if the opportunity arises.
"I'll take my chances with the group we have here," he said. "On the other hand, we always need a little bit of help, and our front office is really good at that. Most of the time they pick that one player that comes in and helps us out."
Ortiz said he has not talked with Beltran, and believes any recruitment by him (to potentially affect the outfielder's no-trade clause) might be overrated. "It's not all about what you can say. He's been located in New York for a long time. Sometimes it's not a friend phone call that is going to change your mind. Sometimes it has to do with family," explained the DH.
But, for now, Ortiz is quick to point out that Reddick has proven himself to be the type of player the Sox can win with, even if the outfielder's production takes a dip.
"If he ever struggled, that's going to nothing but good for this organization because the greatest players that play the game learn from struggles. I can give you a Top 10 list of the greatest players who ever played the game who struggled and bounced back. Everybody struggles in this game. If he struggles, he's just going to learn from it," Ortiz said.
"We're going to be here if he struggles. I always talk to him, and I'll always explain things to him. We're the veteran players and we have a job to do. Whenever I see that kid struggle, I'll struggle with him."
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