David Ortiz made a name for himself in Boston, probably a Hall of Fame DH. But at one time he was in the Mariners organization and later was with the Twins. The question is who was dumber to let him go.
He was signed by the Mariners as an amateur free agent in 1992. He made his minor league debut in 1994 at the age of 18 in the Arizona rookie league hitting .246 with 2 homers in 167 at bats. Next year, same league, he hit .332 with 4 homers in 184 at bats. In 1996 he made the jump to A ball with Wisconsin hitting .322 with 18 homers and 93 RBIS. Only 20 and showing lots of potential.
The Mariners were in a playoff hunt in 1996 and on August 29th acquired Dave Hollins from the Twins for the proverbial player to be named later. On September 13 David Ortiz was the proverbial player. It can be said that giving up an A ball player in a playoff drive is a safe bet. Now it looks like a steal, but in 1996 no one noticed. Hollins, by the way, hit .351 in 94 at bats. He did his part.
Ortiz got into 15 games with the Twins in 1997 and split time with them and their minor league affiliates for a few years, also having wrist injuries in 198 and 2001. But in 2002 he hit .272 in 125 games with 20 homers and 75 RBIS at the age of 26. So what did the Twins do? Following the season they released him. Good bye, so long, thanks for nothing. good luck.
The Mariners would love a .275 hitter with 20 home runs and 75 RBIS. Can we go Back to the Future?
In his first year with Boston he hit .288, slugging 31 homers, driving in 101 runs, the first of five consecutive years driving in 100+ runs. And to rub a little salt into the Twins wound, Ortiz finished fifth in MVP voting.
There is no point going over his Boston career, that is not we are here for. We are here to see who is dumber Seattle or Minnesota. It is clear. The Mariners thought they had a good young player, but they could not know he would be a Hall of Famer, and you have to pay when you want to trying to get to the playoffs. The Twins, however, had a bat with 20 homers and a good average, and released him. They got nothing.