5. David Ortiz
2009 stats: 150 games, 541 at-bats, .238 average.
Ortiz will start the majority of games at DH, but it's possible Mike Lowell, if he's somehow not traded once he recovers from thumb surgery, will see starts against lefthanded starters.
The Red Sox, who have lost Jason Bay's 36 homers and 119 RBIs, are counting on Ortiz to have fewer peaks and valleys than he did last season, when he hit .238 with 28 homers and 99 RBIs despite starting the season in a horrific slump.
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