Jonathan Papelbon grouped reporters together to strongly strike down a report that he would be willing to sign with the New York Yankees.
“I don’t want to go (expletive) play for the Yankees,” he said. “I’ve been on a team for the past five years that’s been in first place more than any other (expletive) team otherwise. Why would I want to leave?”
Papelbon said he was “nowhere even close” to suggesting he would sign with the Yankees.
“Sometimes in these quotes they only see what they want to see,” he said.
“[The Red Sox] don’t owe me nothing,” he said. “This team doesn’t need me. I need the Red Sox more than the Red Sox need me.”
He said that where he signs when his contract expires in 2011 only has to do with how happy he is.
“For me, I want to go to a place where I’m happy,” he said. “For me, the only thing that’s important is that, A, it’s like a family and B, I have manager and a GM that’s going to protect me, and I know that here.”
In an interview on Sirius XM radio yesterday, Papelbon said that “not only the Bronx, but everywhere is a possibility” for him to play when his contract expires.