In 1992, at the age of 17, Ortiz was signed by the Seattle Mariners who listed him as "David Arias" (possibly not understanding Spanish naming customs). In 1996, the Mariners received Dave Hollins from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later. Later that season, the Mariners announced that the player to be named later would be Arias. When he arrived in Minnesota, he informed the team that he preferred to be listed as "David Ortiz" making him quite literally a "player to be named later". He made his début in September 1997. After moving up and down from the majors to the minors, Ortiz hit .272 with 20 home runs and 75 RBI in 2002, when the Twins lost in the American League Championship Series to the Anaheim Angels.
In a "deal" worthy of Brock for Broglio, the Twins released Ortiz nine days before Christmas in 2002. The Boston Red Sox signed the free agent the following month. Originally, Jeremy Giambi was assigned the primary role as DH/First Baseman, but his lackluster performance allowed Ortiz to step in.¹
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