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David Ortiz open to joining Yankees … does it matter?

Oct 13, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

David Ortiz AP

During a conversation about the Red Sox’ collapse Wednesday with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez, David Ortiz was asked whether he would be open to joining the rival Yankees this winter as a free agent.

Big Papi’s well-thought-out response to that question:

“That’s something I gotta think about,” Ortiz said. “I’ve been here on the Red Sox a long time, and I’ve seen how everything goes down between these two ballclubs. It’s great [in New York] from what I hear. It’s a good situation to be involved in. Who doesn’t want to be involved in a great situation where everything goes the right way?”

Ortiz just finished up a five-year contract with the Red Sox, so he’s free to sign with any club. But will the Yankees really have interest in bringing the veteran slugger aboard?

Sure, Ortiz might be able to feast on the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium. But his versatility is a real issue, as is his age. The Yankees already need open playing time at DH next season for aging stars like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Then there’s Jesus Montero, who carries defensive concerns at catcher.

Ortiz told ESPN that “there’s too much drama” right now in Boston and that he might not want to be “part of this drama for next year.” But he’s not going to be as highly coveted as he might think.

  1. yankeesgameday - Oct 13, 2011 at 12:30 AM


    • tashkalucy - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:42 AM

      This is to small for the big Red Sox-Yankees article of the day.

      And of course it was posted in the middle of the night.

      So you kids better be on your toes and get something meaty about the Red Sox-Yankees in the 8-10 articles you put up about them today.,

      After all, do you exect your readers to have to concentrate on the Rangers, Tigers, Brewers and/or Cardinals just because they’re in some sort of playoff series? Booorrrrrriiiiiinnnnnggggggg!!!! What kind of national baseball site is this?

      We want to get some juicy rumors about what the Red Sox and Yankees are going to do next year! Everybody knows that the Red Sox an Yankees are the only 2 teams in MLB that matter. GET ON IT!!!!

      • thefalcon123 - Oct 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM

        Sorry to hear about your medical condition that apparently requires you to click and read every story no matter how much you don’t want to. It must be very difficult for you. How is it treated? Through support groups or medication or something?

      • jamkarat - Oct 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

        please get over yourself, or at least spare the rest of us by not commenting inanely on every article.

  2. frankvzappa - Oct 13, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    What’s the real problem David? Along with the beer and fried chicken, are they going to be cutting back on the steroids in the clubhouse too?? Take a hike and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. And I hereby declared that, henceforth, your new nickname shall be: Big Fupa.

    • bigleagues - Oct 13, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      If you’re gonna attack Big Papi, at least do it with the facts and within the context of the statement he made.

      At age 36, even coming off another very good season Ortiz has very little leverage in negotiating with the Red Sox. He’s a Free Agent. He is not not technically a Red Sox player at the moment. It’s in his best interests to make it know that all offers will be considered.

      That said, he didn’t say explicitly in any way shape or form that he would go to the Yankees. In fact, he said he’d need to think about it. That it would be a difficult decision.

      But more to the point, WHY would the Yankees need a player who is exclusively a DH? They don’t. They have several players already who will rotate in and out of the DH slot.

      So the whole notion of him going to the Yankees is just another (ridiculous) angle being fished out by a columnist with nothing else to write about.

  3. uyf1950 - Oct 13, 2011 at 4:25 AM

    No, it doesn’t matter. The last thing the Yankees need is a one dimensional hitter (DH) and at $10 to $15M per for 2 seasons.
    I guess he missed the sign on the front door of Yankee Stadium “Hiring – Pitchers ONLY Wanted”. Others need not apply.

  4. frankiefiveangels - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    What a pathetic, transparent stunt by THE most overrated, selfish, entitled player on a team full of them. By inviting in a reporter and dropping the Y word Ortiz knew this would get Red Sox fans crying about losing someone to the Yankees. If Red Sox fans and management fall for this you will officially become the most pathetic fan base in sports. Tell Ortiz to get lost and bring in someone younger who will not be a round the clock whining clown.

    • newpairofsox - Oct 13, 2011 at 7:49 AM

      Could not agree more. Adios, Papi.

    • Ari Collins - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:31 AM

      Uhh. Calling this a stunt is a bit disingenuous. It sounds like the interviewer brought it up. And Ortiz gave the usual free agent answer of, “I’ll consider anywhere.” A free agent very rarely says he won’t go somewhere; to do so would be to lower his leverage.

      Nothing to see here.

      • frankiefiveangels - Oct 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM

        Disingenuous my ass. Claiming “the interviewer brought it up” is moronic. Why did Ortiz agree to do the interview in the first place? Ortiz is a clever self preservationist like everyone in that organization and he knows how to play the press and the fans and nothing gets Red Sox fans excited like bringing up the Yankees as a potential team.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      Selfish and entitled…you’ll get no arguments from me, but overrated? Just look at the year he had.

      Even when he had relatively “down” years in ’09 and ’10, he still roared to life and put up close to 30 home runs and 100 RBI both years. That’s a fairly solid season for a DH.

    • bigleagues - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      I have no idea what the phantom GM has planned and/or strategized with regard to the 2012 roster and whether or not Ortiz will fit in.

      That said I am fine if he stays and fine if he goes.

      However, I do not comprehend the vitriol being thrown at him by casual Red Sox fans like yourself. The statement you make really is quite absurd.

      Papi responded to the question posed to him by Colleen Dominguez. A question that is standard protocol (as predictable as it is annoying) for media interviewing high profile free agent players of either the Red Sox or the Yankees.

      But after you go and watch this segment of the interview tell me what part of what David Ortiz says you don’t agree with . . .

  5. pastabelly - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:44 AM

    As a free agent, he shouldn’t rule out anything. But negotiating in the press is dumb

  6. ditto65 - Oct 13, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    I, too, am open to joining the Yankees. I hope Cashman is reading this.

  7. whiskyriver27 - Oct 13, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Lifelong Sox fan here……F-you…just go away. Your a dinosaur in this sport,your not going to get your money.
    After the news this week I’m 90% sure I won’t give the Sox any of my hard earned $$ this year. If they re-sign you,I’m 100% sure.

    • bigleagues - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM


  8. bd0986 - Oct 13, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    All of the reasons in this article, A-Rod, Jeter, Papi, age, money. This is another reason why I hate the designated hitter rule. No DH, no debate and no additional drama. Yeah, Papi. You just added to the drama you say you don’t want to be a part of.

  9. henryd3rd - Oct 13, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    The Sox have no choice; but to re-sign him. Plus no way do they want to see him in a Yankee uniform. And let us not forget Colleen Dominguez asked the question and he just replied to it as a free agent should. Who else is on that team capable of putting up his kind of numbers. Plus his swing is tailor made for Fenway.

    • kellyb9 - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:31 AM

      Not a Sox or Yankees fan, but I have to seriously ask this question. Why? Why do they need to resign him? Why would they care which uniform he wears next year? If he wants to leave, let him. The way I see it, you have two options – 1.) Offer this guy what you think he’s worth.2.) Don’t offer this guy a contract because he’s not worth it. That’s basically it. Teams should divorce themselves from the same kind of blind loyalty of their fans and plan for the future.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM

        Why? Why do they need to resign him?

        They don’t need to, but the guy was significantly better than all other DH’s this year. First in wOBA (.405 next was .383) and first in wRC (153 next was 139). Only Michael Young was within 1 WAR of Ortiz and he played the field some.

  10. anxovies - Oct 13, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    As the article accurately points out, the Yankees don’t need a DH right now, thank you. Especially a one-dimensional guy from a team of under-achievers. It looks like the World is finally turning right side up and the Red Sox have settled back into the old pattern of lovable losers who choke down the stretch and leave their fans wallowing in a sea of angst and self-recrimination like a teenager without a date to the prom. Will yet another Boston generation be born, suffer a life of crushed hope and Buckyphobia, and finally fade out of existence, survived only by a granite marker with a pair of engraved athletic socks dangling over a name remembered only by their children, who also find themselves drowning in lost opportunities and self-pity?

    • anxovies - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:02 AM

      Oh, and Go Yankees! No. 28 in 2012!

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:33 AM

      There’s nothing lovable about this crew.

      Losers…well, they still won 90 games. I wouldn’t count them out next year.

      Your transparent trolling is duly noted though.

      • anxovies - Oct 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM

        Believe me pal, count them out. The Socks are toast for at least another century.

  11. proudlycanadian - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    His options are limited. Once Houston joins the AL, they might need a DH.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:45 AM

      If that happens, buying an aging, expensive DH would be the last thing the Astros need. Carlos Lee (owed $18.5 million for 2012) could fill the role.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM

        Good point.

  12. phillip3 - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Ortiz is too old & cannot play first base. Why would the Yankees sign him. Not even if his jersey was still in the concrete at Yankee Stadium. Boston will probably resign him if he takes a pay cut.

  13. Joe - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Ortiz told ESPN that “there’s too much drama” right now in Boston and that he might not want to be “part of this drama for next year.”

    Ben Cherington: “Well, there’s one problem solved.”

  14. natstowngreg - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Papi hasn’t hugged every Yankees fan yet. No other reason.

  15. crispybasil - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    The story doesn’t mention it, but Ortiz actually interuppted a press conference to announce that there’s too much drama with the Red Sox right now.

  16. Chipmaker - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Dear Yankees:

    Want him? Take him. With our compliments.

    • bigleagues - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      Why are casual fans like yourself lumping Ortiz in with the other far more substantive issues this team faces?!

      I don’t get it. Offer some concrete reasons . . . and not a knee jerk reaction to a harmless ESPN interview. In fact, if you watched the segment of the interview where Dominguez ASKS Papi if he would consider the Yankees, tell me what about what he stated about the Red Sox that he isn’t correct about?

      Fans have been demanding more frank, honest answers . . . well, Papi gives us one and the knee-jerk mob comes down on him. Amazing.

  17. mornelithe - Oct 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    As good as he is, and as much as he brings to the plate, personally, I’d like to see the Sox let him go. The Red Sox organization has allot of problems right now, that much is certain. I think they need a big shakeup in the ranks, and get rid of every player who’s contributing to the ‘drama’. Ortiz talking about possibly signing with the Yankee’s simply sounds like someone who’s really not interested in his current team. And that’s fine, people are allowed to want to move on.

    The Sox need people who care about the team, right now, though. And if Ortiz isn’t interested in being a part of the solution, then he’s part of the problem. So, thanks for the great years Ortiz, but I personally don’t think your services are necessary any longer.

  18. thefalcon123 - Oct 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Two themes on these comments:
    Sox fans: f**k that guy! Get him off my team!
    Yankees fans: f**k that guy! I don’t want him on my team!

    Ortiz’s 2011 stats: 29 HR, .309/.398/.554 154 OPS+.

    I’ll take him.

    • bigleagues - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:26 PM


      I’m disgusted by the causal Red Sox fans here that offer nothing but knee-jerk rejections of a guy who was instrumental in two World Series titles, and though can’t play on the field – remain one of the best hitters in the league.

      It’s embarrassing. It really is.

      I hope your team (whoever that might be) takes a shot at him. Perhaps he’ll get the respect that he has earned.

  19. jamkarat - Oct 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    like we would want this over the hill, narcissistic, disruptive fool.

  20. foreverchipper10 - Oct 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    If I knew how to embed videos on here this would be a prime spot for the Big Papi Sportscenter commercial where he shows Posada how to break in his hat.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:56 PM

      just copy/paste the direct youtube link and it should work

  21. damnyankee13 - Oct 13, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    We dont need another over-the-hill lump. We have enough of them.Stay in Boston.
    along with Lackey

    • Glenn - Oct 13, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      Agreed. The last thing the Yankees need is another aging slugger who is worthless in the field.

  22. bigleagues - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Here’s a refresher course for all the part-timers out there . . .

    • bigleagues - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      Here’s the complete list of HR/Hits in this video in ORDER!

      2004- ALDS Walk-Off homerun (Jarrod Washburn, Anaheim Angels)
      2004- ALCS Walk-Off homerun (Paul Quantrill, New York Yankees)
      2004- ALCS Walk-Off single (Esteban Loaiza, New York Yankees)
      2005- HR (Rob Bell, Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
      2005- Walk-Off single off the Blue Jays
      2006- Walk-Off HR (Tom Gordon, Philadelphia Phillies)
      2006- Walk-Off HR (Akinori Otsuka, Texas Rangers)
      2006 – Walk-Off HR (Fausto Carmona, Cleveland Indians)
      2005- 9th inning game-tying HR (Fernando Rodney, Detroit Tigers)
      2008- HR (Jon Garland, Los Angeles Angels)
      2007- Walk-Off HR (Alberto Reyes, Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
      2004- All-Start game HR (Carl Pavano, Florida Marlins)
      2008- HR vs Millwauckie
      2009- HR (Scott Richmond, Toronto Blue Jays)
      2006- Walk-Off RBI Single (JC Romero, Anaheim Angels)
      2005- Walk-Off HR (Scot Shields, Anaheim Angels)
      2006- HR (Duaner Sanchez- New York Mets)
      2007- Double (James Shields- Tampa Bay Rays)
      2003- ALCS homerun (Mike Mussina- New York Yankees)
      2008- 3-run double (Boone Logan- Chicago White Sox)
      2005- Go-ahead HR 11th inning (Pete Walker – Blue Jays)
      2007- HR (Erik Bedard- Baltimore Orioles)
      2005- Walk-Off homerun (BJ Ryan- Baltimore Orioles)
      2007- ALDS homerun (John Lackey- Los Angeles Angels)
      2007- ALDS homerun (Jered Weaver- Los Angeles Angels)
      2007- ALCS double (Joe Borowski, Cleveland Indians)
      2007- ALCS single (CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians)
      2007- ALCS HR (Paul Byrd, Cleveland Indians)

  23. mgflolox - Oct 14, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    Who. Gives. A. Shit.

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