David Ortiz is threatening to go play for the Yankees.
“That’s something I gotta think about. I’ve been here on the Red Sox a long time, and I’ve seen how everything goes down between these two ballclubs,” he said in an interview with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez. “It’s great 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 hit .309 with a .953 OPS this season. He had 29 home runs and 96 RBIs. But would the Yankees actually want him? Ortiz turns 36 next month and has played a total of 12 games in the field the last three seasons.
Jorge Posada, a pending free agent who is likely to retire, was the primary DH for the Yankees this season. But in 37-year-old Derek Jeter and 36-year-old Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have two players who could see increasing time as the DH.
Jeter was the DH 10 times this season, the most in his career. Rodriguez also was the DH 10 times. Mark Teixeira, who will be 32 in April, was the DH nine times.
In addition, the Yankees have young slugger Jesus Montero, a defensively challenged catcher whose primary contribution could be as the DH next season.
As for the Red Sox, Ortiz said was “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,” he said.
Given that the Red Sox are coming off consecutive third place finishes and are apparently beset with chemistry problems, it’s uncertain to what degree the Red Sox will go in trying to retain Ortiz.