David Ortiz: Could he become a Yankee?
Impending free agent David Ortiz indicated to ESPN that he's fed up with the Boston Red Sox and would consider his options, including jumping ship to the New York Yankees.
"There's too much drama, man," Ortiz said of the Red Sox. "There's too much drama. I have been thinking about a lot of things. I don't know if I want to be part of this drama for next year."
In Boston, the Yankees are known as the Evil Empire. Ortiz, who has been with the Red Sox for nine seasons beginning in 2003, didn't quite confirm or deny whether he would defect.
"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 ball clubs."
Even though he didn't come out and say he wanted to be a Yankee, he made clear that he has nothing but respect for the franchise.
"They lost just like we did, they just went to the first round of the playoffs. I ain't heard nobody coming out killing everybody just because they lost."
The Red Sox experienced a historic collapse in September that triggered the departure of Manager Terry Francona and General Manager Theo Epstein.
Ortiz hit .309 with 29 homers and 96 RBIs.
-- Melissa Rohlin
Photo: David Ortiz. Credit: Patrick Semansky / Associated Press