David Ortiz Talks Yankees, Red Sox

David Ortiz recently hinted that the offseason could get even more tumultuous for the Red Sox. The designated hitter, who will be eligible for free agency after the World Series, suggested to ESPN's Colleen Dominguez that he would fit into the Yankees’ culture.

"It's great from what I hear," he said. "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 says there's "too much drama" in Boston these days and acknowledged that he's thinking about moving on.I don't know if I want to be part of this drama for next year."

Ortiz projects as a Type A free agent, which means teams will have to surrender a top pick to sign him if he turns down an offer of arbitration from the Red Sox. The 35-year-old completed his ninth season in Boston with 29 home runs and a .309/.398/.554 line.

The Yankees don't need a designated hitter this offseason. Alex Rodriguez and Jesus Montero could DH on a semi-regular basis and manager Joe Girardi could also use the spot to provide tired or banged up players with a partial day off.


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183 Comments on "David Ortiz Talks Yankees, Red Sox"


3 years 9 months ago

get rid of the bum

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Just when you think it can’t get any worse- Papi pining for the Yankees.  What’s next, Wally too?

Infield Fly
3 years 9 months ago

Somehow I expected this from ‘ Papi. To me it’s about any leverage he can get. However if he sincerely does think there’s “too much drama” in Beantown, then (from what I’ve heard) he might wanna take a liiiiiittle peep in the mirror…

Rabbitov
3 years 9 months ago

Papi is to Baseball as Jay Cutler is to football. 

NickinIthaca
3 years 9 months ago

What does that look like as a logic equation again?

Big Papi:Baseball::Jay Cutler:Football? 

I’ve been out of school too long

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

You mean an analogy?

Rabbitov
3 years 9 months ago

In the end it had something to do with crying.  I think its probably too convoluted, and not me at my best. 

3 years 9 months ago

As much as I hate the Red Sox as a baseball fan I respect David Ortiz and his attitude.  I just don’t see a place for him on the Yankees.  The article is right, the Yankees are an older team and Girardi likes using the DH spot to give a partial day off.  If they trade Montero, and I hope they don’t Arod will be DH some games, Jeter will DH as Nunez earned the right to get playing time. 

3 years 9 months ago

Lol at Nunez earning anything

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

Well, he batted 0.380+ when Jeter was not playing, and 0.280+ when he replaced ARod, so yes, he earned his place offensively; though his fielding needs work as he commited a lot of errors.

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

batting average, that’s cute. or it would be if he even had that going for him

by month:

.225 (15 games)
.226 (20 games)
.333 (20 games)
.254 (21 games)
.250 (19 games)

good thing you didn’t look at any better measures, then he’d really break your heart

Kevin McCaul
3 years 9 months ago

Well I hate his attitude. He’s been complaining all season about his contract, he’s hardly been accountable for the collapse, and he threw his manager under the bus.

No thanks, the Yankees don’t need that in the club house – never mind over paying for his production.

3 years 9 months ago

Ortiz – PEDs = Tony Clark

Ferrariman
3 years 9 months ago

he isn’t on PED’s right now is he?  

Mario Saavedra
3 years 9 months ago

 Don’t be ridiculous. David Ortiz can’t switch hit.

Zeppelin5083
3 years 9 months ago

So that’s why he went on that hugging campaign…

FS54
3 years 9 months ago

Francona, followed by Epstein, and now Ortiz. I wonder what drama these people are so tired of.

YankeePhan1234
3 years 9 months ago

They aren’t tired of anything, any chance people in the Media get to try and illicit a response from a major public figure they do it, its basically glorified trolling.

kyrnan
3 years 9 months ago

really??? so, given the recent reports of what went on in the clubhouse you can’t fathom why anyone would want to leave? major denial.

Boz
3 years 9 months ago

with quotes like “I don’t know if I want to be part of this drama for next year.” it doesnt look like glorified trolling to me

3 years 9 months ago

Hes gunna make more drama by going to his rival team

Shu13
3 years 9 months ago

Or Lackey is tearing apart the clubhouse….w/ his beer drinking and fried chicken eating and video game playing during the games….hahaha

3 years 9 months ago

Anybody who doesn’t want to fight for the Red Sox, and wants to run away when times are tough, especially a guy who has been given as much by the fans as Ortiz I say screw him. Goodbye, have fun on the Orielles.

3 years 9 months ago

I am not sure that it was the “tough” times (i.e., losing) that he wants to get away from. It sounds more like the clubhouse and media drama.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 9 months ago

A little bitter perhaps? The guy does so much charity work, and helped Boston win 2 World Series.

There’s shyte going down in Boston. Like a true fan, suck it up. Ortiz owes you nothing, and I’d love him to be the DH of the Jays in 2012.

3 years 9 months ago

Charity work is off the field stuff.. Red Sox fans or anybody else can’t hate him for that. Red Sox Nation loves him for helping win 2 World Series…. BUT, after saying the things he said.. it’s time for him to move on. He says he’s not sure if he wants to be part of the drama next year? He was PART of the drama this year.. crying about an RBI, questioning managerial moves, not being a clubhouse leader as a veteran and a veteran of the team. It’s easy to give up and say I don’t want to be part of this drama next year, meanwhile during the season he’s wondering where his 2 year deal from the Red Sox is, give me a break.. then to say what he said concerning the Yankees… good bye Ortiz

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 9 months ago

Speaking of drama..

3 years 9 months ago

Well said. Let’s see how well he does in a ballpark that isn’t Fenway or Yankee Stadium.

We can survive without his bat. Our biggest issue is clubhouse attitude and he’s clearly not part of the solution.

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

I hope that every bosox fan who thinks like you do, won’t boo him when he shows up in another uniform, specially if it is a Yankees uniform.

3 years 9 months ago

I don’t care what he did for Boston, winning 2 Championships is what he was paid to do.

How many other DH’s got a 12 Mil contract?

The front office AND fans has given more to Papi then most baseball players. He’s in debt, not the other way around.

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Who the hell are the Orielles?

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

They’re a team that plays in Balitimoure.

sourbob
3 years 9 months ago

“_____[Player A]____, who enters free agency without much leverage, suggests the Yankees might want him.” I’ve seen this movie before.

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

Good luck to him. As noted in the article, there’s absolutely zero chance the Yankees sign Ortiz unless Cashman’s shown the door and Randy Levine takes over.

That said, either way I’m cool. I like Ortiz and would love for him to stick around, but for one or two years TOPS. If he wants out, I’m content to try out Lavarnway and collect draft picks for Ortiz. It’s not the ideal solution, but our offense will be fine with a bit of a DH downgrade. Heck, maybe even Middlebrooks sticks and is able to come up after the ASB and move Youk to DH full time. Either way, I can give or take Ortiz at this point in his career.

Tired_OF_FakeRumors
3 years 9 months ago

the orioles, mariners and A’s should be all over him.

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

Lefty with good plate discipline and power? Good fit there, but I’m not sure his shelf life will extend to them being competetive again. I can conceive them being competetive in the lifetime of Felix’s contract, but Ortiz has one, MAYBE two years left on him by my guess.

jwsox
3 years 9 months ago

Depends on how the steroids harmed his body. This isn’t a jab either. Roids have a habit of sneaking up on you and suddenly destroying your body. It is funny that he was one of the strongest voices against roids, saying “they” should all be kicked out of baseball and then it comes out that he was using while the bosox were winning two world series. Yet for some reason everyone gives arod more crap about using while in Texas for one year.

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

I think you’re missing a bit of info. Now, I won’t go into the semantics of whether he was using PEDs or not, but last I heard, what “came out” was that Ortiz tested positive for something prior to the current policy (Which means at most recent, he tested positive in 2004, not 2007, suspensions came into play in 2006 and he would’ve been suspended had he been juicing for the ’07 WS). Now, no one’s ever released conclusively what he did and there’s debate over whether it was a PED, a banned substance in a supplement or potentially even just drugs like pot. No conclusion was ever reached on what it was and according to ortiz, the MLB wouldn’t tell him what he tested positive for.

So, worst case scenario, he was juicing for 2004, but there’s absolutely nothing indicating he was using when they won in 2007.

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

You are not saying something there: suspensions were lifted for the end of 2003 and for the 2004 season if somebody tested positive; that’s why the Mitchell Report seemed like a good indicator at the time, but later we discovered that at least the two biggest names in the bosox were protected by Mitchell (he worked at the Bosox front office). And remember what Merloni said about a steroid culture in the boston clubhouse, when the front office sent doctors to teach them how to beat the steroids tests, but he had to recant or risk losing his job at WEEI.

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t see how any of this refutes what I said. I’m not arguing one way or the other what Ortiz may or may not have done prior to suspensions for testing (Though I should note, Merloni’s not the best source for someone like Ortiz, they were on the squad together for, what, a month?).

What I’m debating is the idea of Ortiz using in 2007 (Which is a remote possibility, but no more so than any other player having used in 2007) because there is absolutely nothing out there indicating he did. The positive test was from ’03/’04.

3 years 9 months ago

He’ll love being offered $6 mil to play for those teams. I’d love to see him play at Safeco field.

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

Three of the places where he doesn’t hit as good in his career LOL
Seattle 0.125 AVG / 14 HR / 55 RBI / 85 games
Oakland 0.223 AVG /
 7 HR / 24 RBI / 49 games
Baltimore 0.278 AVG / 12 HR / 31 RBI / 52 games

New Yankee Stadium 0.257 AVG / 6 HR / 17 RBI / 27 games

Tired_OF_FakeRumors
3 years 9 months ago

didnt know that but still those teams should go after him. Specially the orioles and that bandbox

3 years 9 months ago

I hope fans don’t now turn on him too.

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

i’m not going to “turn on him” any more now than i did when he burst into francona’s press conference to complain about being robbed of an RBI by the scorer

he contributed a lot and for a long time was a positive presence in the clubhouse. that went away apparently, and so did his hitting until adrian gonzalez mentored him

thanks for the draft picks and good luck

BoSoxSam
3 years 9 months ago

Ortiz hit just fine last year, before A-Gon showed up.

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

right, just fine. after a year of hitting just average. and then a-gon showed up and he returned to hitting great. and if you asked him why, as many did, he’d have told you it was because of gonzalez

BoSoxSam
3 years 9 months ago

Okay, but then it sounds like his hitting wouldn’t be an issue for Boston, as he’ll still have A-Gon to mentor him next year. Not sure what the point is there.

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

imo boston is more valuable to him than he is to boston. i like him alright, but i don’t care if he leaves

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

Ortíz never said that Adrián González mentored him, he said that González provided the protection he once had with Manny.

Ferrariman
3 years 9 months ago

it seems a bit counter intuitive for Agonz be mentoring Papi when Papi is older and with more experience and world series rings.

gradylittle
3 years 9 months ago

Talk about bad timing. I’d love to see him back but it’s not like he’s not replaceable. DH will be the PERFECT spot for Youk right about now..

BoSoxSam
3 years 9 months ago

Too bad Youk will probably whine constantly if he was made DH. I gotta say, after his continuous comments about Ellsbury, and with his open complaints about DHing even when it’s clear he can barely move around at third, I’m not a huge fan of his attitude. At least Papi can be upbeat.

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

…and I can win the next megamillions drawing, but it isn’t likely.  There’s so much bad mojo flowing it might take them years to recover from this. 

gradylittle
3 years 9 months ago

Youk will whine about anything regardless.

BoSoxSam
3 years 9 months ago

Kinda why when the Youk trade rumors popped up, I was okay with the possibility of him leaving. Attitude-wise, I’d prefer Ortiz continue DHing for a year or two before Lavarnway or someone takes the spot, rather than have Youk there grumbling all the way.

gradylittle
3 years 9 months ago

I’ve even heard Middlebrooks name pop up as a Youk replacement but that just seems immature.

disgustipated85
3 years 9 months ago

He would fit right in with the Yankees.  He and A-Roid can do Performance enhancing drugs together. 

jwsox
3 years 9 months ago

Then Pettit will come back and andru jones will resign for one year.

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

They would need to convince George Mitchell to protect them, and sign the same doctors that Merloni said the sox owners sent to teach players about how to ‘roid’ properly… oh oh oh, and sign Manny and those guys who sold drugs in Fenway park.

East Coast Bias
3 years 9 months ago

then get busted for pregnancy pills hahaa

BoSoxSam
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t care about Ortiz saying he’d fit in with the Yankees, I’m just pissed that the reporter gave him such a baited question. As this article and all commenters are noting, he wouldn’t fit on the Yankees AT ALL. They’ve got no place to bring in another aging slugger who can’t field. She just brought it up so that we’d have more controversy.

rundmc1981
3 years 9 months ago

“I’m just pissed that the reporter gave him such a baited question”…that’s their job…to set-up soundbites for people, like Big Papi, that love to hear themselves talk and will tell you exactly what you want to hear. Why blame reporters for athletes that have no filters when their agent isn’t there?

John DiRienzo
3 years 9 months ago

let me pose a question: what’s the point of asking Ortiz about NYY when they have 0.000001% chance of even being interested in him? why not ask him about his offseason plans or about a more feasible team?

i obviously blame Ortiz for his “poor” choice of words (won’t hate the guy for being honest, but it wasn’t the best thing to do if he wants to save face) but this was clearly just for the controversy. and i blame the reporter for that. after all, it’s the news, not a big gossip circle.

then again, that’s what the news has become.

BoSoxSam
3 years 9 months ago

Yes, their job is to get memorable quotes, and I’m not defending what Ortiz said. I’m just saying it’s disappointing to me that every Yankee/Red Sox FA must be asked that stupid question, regardless of whether it makes baseball sense or not. Basically, if a reporter will ask Ortiz if he might go to the Yankees when it’s clear there is no spot for him there, I can’t trust any of their other questions as it’s clear they have little to knowledge of what’s actually going on in the game. Either that or they’re pretending to be ignorant so they can get a juicy soundbite, which is just as bad. Just because it’s their job doesn’t mean I should be fine with them asking those kinds of questions.

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

You should know that a lot of times players tell the reporter (specially on a one-on-one interview) what he wants to be asked, so he can give an answer that can help him in something, in this case, to try and get leverage with the sox.

3 years 9 months ago

Reporters always ask FA’s from the Yankees or Red Sox if they would sign with their rivals. Jeter was asked the same question last year. Even the GM has already been asked this year: “I have a job.” The Sox teased Rivera last year with an offer before he re-signed. And you are correct:it was an effort to spark controversy. It worked.

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

It is only a baited question if the player answers what the reported wants to hear; Ortíz previusly said he didn’t want to be questioned about redsoxcalipse but he is willing to talk about NY? that goes to show you that he will only answer questions that can help him.

3 years 9 months ago

Ortiz and A-rod would make a pretty good DH platoon.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

This was an interview and a reporter simply asked him if he’d go to the Yankees and he said yes. It’s an interesting story nonetheless, but it was only in an interview from an ESPN LA reporter lol

The only thing you will hear Cashman say about this (assuming he goes back to the Yankees) would be “Can he pitch?”

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

yes, he can. that’s most of what he does lately in fact

oh, pitch? with a p? no, probably not

East Coast Bias
3 years 9 months ago

hahaha I hope this doesn’t go over too many people’s heads.

John DiRienzo
3 years 9 months ago

yeah, some of the people on here probably won’t realize that notsureifsrs is talking about Ortiz DITCHING his team!

/sarcasm

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

LOL well played sir, well played.

Slopeboy
3 years 9 months ago

Actually, what you’ll hear from Cashman is- ” Can he pitch as well as Freddy and Bartolo?”

edward lim
3 years 9 months ago

David Ortiz, A Rod and Derek Jeter would make the Yankees the best team in the league.

rundmc1981
3 years 9 months ago

And the gimpiest. 

BoSoxSam
3 years 9 months ago

I think -just- the gimpiest.

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

Circa 2005? Sure. They’re all star power players, but every last one of them is on the downward hill of their careers.

Rick Garcia
3 years 9 months ago

and they still lost in the first round this year with at least 3 other players in their lineup better or just as good as Ortiz.

Yankees don’t need him and honestly neither does Boston. Send him somewhere west like Oakland, Seattle or maybe Houston if they actually move to the AL

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

“and they still lost in the first round this year with at least 3 other players in their lineup better or just as good as Ortiz.”

Eh, that’s entirely dependent upon one’s emphasis on defensive value. While not having a position, Ortiz did have the fourth best wOBA and OPS in the AL and he out-OPSed the best Yankee hitter (Granderson) by almost forty points.

Sure, the Yankees don’t “need” him, but he would be a phenomenal DH option for the Yankees if not for how crowded the position is for them already. Honestly, he’ll probably outperform whoever they put there next year, but the multiple year commitment he’ll want will outshine his immediate performance. If he wants out of Boston as badly as people are claiming and the Yanks trade Montero for pitching, Ortiz honestly wouldn’t be their worst option.

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

Really? the highest average in the Yankees was lower than what Ortíz batted, they were not even picked to go to the playoffs….

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

Only if Jeter again bats 0.380 from July-September.

3 years 9 months ago

Now we get to hear the Red Sox publicly tear David Ortiz apart. Seems like thats what they do to anyone who thinks about leaving that organization.

John DiRienzo
3 years 9 months ago

and then we get to hear a bunch of random people talking crap about the Red Sox management like they are the second coming of the Axis

oh wait

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

And we’ll have to endure the occasional guy who defends the redsox management for their actions…

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

“You had guys like Pedro Martinez before him[Tito]. We had Manny Ramirez. We
had Johnny Damon we had to take personal rips on. Before Johnny, before
Manny, then you’ve got Derek Lowe. Then you have myself. Then there was
Mo Vaughn, And then there was Roger Clemens. And then there was Jim
Rice. And then there was Carl Yastrzemski. And then there’s a guy by the
name of Ted Williams. There is a distinguished list here that goes on.
And if I’m part of that list, thank you very much. I’m very proud to be
on it. But I don’t take it personally. I just think that’s what comes
with it. And I think now people are starting to understand this is what
comes with it. Why can’t we just part ways? Why can’t we just say:
‘Listen, we had the collapse, we’re looking for a change, that’s why
we’re parting with Terry.’ ” -Nomar Garciaparra

woadude
3 years 9 months ago

David Ortiz is exactly what the Mariners need, a good bat in the middle of the order. Oh and he swings left handed? Beautiful, Red Sox get crap pick because the Mariners’ top pick is protected.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Yep, or the A’s as well unless they want Matsui back.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

Because there’s never been a good player signed with a round 1A pick or a 2nd round pick?

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

Well, we’re going to get a second round pick regardless of who signs him. The only team with an unprotected pick that could conceivably sign Ortiz is the Blue Jays. The Angels are stuck with Abreu, the Rays can’t afford him, the Tigers have Martinez, the Rangers have Napoli and the Yankees have Montero and multiple aging players to rotate in and out of the spot. And I sincerely doubt AA will give up a draft pick to sign a guy who’s not going to help them by the time they’re competetive. So we’re pretty much guaranteed that, if he leaves, it’ll be to a team with a protected pick (White Sox, Orioles or Mariners in all likelihood).

On the plus side of things, there are only four free agents ranked higher than Ortiz (Phillips, Wilson, Pujols and Fielder) and two of them are guys who are almost certain not to be signed by whoever signs Ortiz (Pujols or Fielder) so the odds are against his compensation slipping to a third rounder. The only way I imagine Ortiz winding up slipping to third rounder compensation is if a dark horse candidate like the White Sox or Mariners signs Wilson too.

jwsox
3 years 9 months ago

The whitesox have no place to play him unless they somehow
Trade Adam Dunn and the cost to sign Ortiz is the same as what the sox don’t have to eat in trading Dunn. But in all honesty the sox make no sense. They are in a self proclaimed rebuild. They are going to shed money let young guys play and keep some key vets and try to rebuild and be competitive at the same time.

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

I forgot about Dunn (Considering he was effectively a non-entity, can you blame me?).

So, I guess it’s Orioles, Mariners or bust?

Honestly, I figure he ends up back in Boston. I mean, what use do the Mariners or Orioles really have for him in the next year or two?

MaineSox
3 years 9 months ago

I honestly think that Boston is the only place he can get anything close to the contract he’ll be looking for.  In Boston he’s an “icon” and part of two world championships, anywhere else he’s an aging DH who can’t fill in at any position on the field, even occasionally.  He’d likely have to settle for something like what other DHs have been getting the last few years (1-2 years at 4-6 mil per, at most).

3 years 9 months ago

There is a zero percent chance the Yankees sign David Ortiz.

rundmc1981
3 years 9 months ago

NYY should sign him, then bench him, then trade him to KC after deferring a no-trade clause for $1M.

jlasovage
3 years 9 months ago

love papi to death but come on. who is going to give up picks for a type a free agent plus you know he wont want a significant pay cut. so who would be willing to pay 9-12 mill for a dh only on the down side of his playing life. papi will take the 2yr-10 mil per deal the sox will offer and thats it. he needs to be part of the solution to get the sox clubhouse on track. get those diva pitchers off there a$$ in the clubhouse and in the dugout cheering on and supporting there team