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David Ortiz (2003)

Ortiz, as Rany Jazayerli writes, “HAD BEEN RELEASED BY THE MINNESOTA TWINS” after launching 20 homers and driving in 75 runs in just 412 at-bats in 2002. Theo Epstein jumped at the chance to sign the 27-year old to a one year, $1.25 million pact.

Ortiz hit his way out of a platoon with Jeremy Giambi, cemented himself as the team’s full-time DH by summer, and finished with 31 home runs and 101 RBI, placing fifth in the American League MVP vote. The rest is history.