Via ESPN Boston:
“(Joining the Yankees is) 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.”
Ortiz stopped well short of saying he wanted to play for the Yankees, but did express respect for the organization.
“It’s great from what I hear,” Ortiz said of the Yankees. “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?
“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.”
Despite David Ortiz’s solid number’s in 2011, he hit .309 with a .953 OPS, it seems very doubtful the Yankees would be interested in him. First of all, they are not in the market for a DH as they already have Jesus Montero and Alex Rodriguez who are going to need plenty of DH at bats.
There is also the fact that the soon to be 36-year-old Ortiz could begin a serious downward trend very soon. The Yankees wouldn’t be smart to bring in an aging player who will hurt the lineup and roster flexibility on a near $13 million contract that he earned last year.
Ortiz is probably just saying these things in order to create a market for himself. The Red Sox are not just going to want to fork over $13 million for a 36-year-old DH either, but perhaps if they think they could lose him, to the Yankees of all teams, they might be a little more willing to bust out their checkbook for him.