For reasons that are unknown, the comparisons to Barry Bonds are not made. Maybe it’s because Bonds was connected to steroids from as early as 1998 until he retired in 2007 and baseball writers want to keep their favorite pastime unmarked, (baseball writers are mainly old timers who are very protective and weird about the sport. But that’s a different story). Ortiz’s numbers at his age are strikingly similar to that of Bonds in 2004 when he was 40. That year, Bonds hit 45 home runs , drove in 101 runs, scored 129 times himself, and had 135 hits. Bonds, at the age of 40 won the National League MVP. Ortiz is also on a similar path.
Before the 2011, Crawford signed a massive seven year, $142M deal with the Red Sox only to be slowed significantly by injuries in the years following. Late in the 2012 season, he and his contract were dealt to the Dodgers as a part of the Adrian Gonzalez/Josh Beckett trade. Still unable to return to his athletic old-self because of injury, the Dodgers released Crawford in June with $35M left on his contract that expires in 2017. Crawford is not likely to completely vanish from the public eye during his free agency, as he still has endorsement deals with Nike and Rawlings as well as an engagement to TV personality Evelyn Lozada.