Report: Blue Jays could show interest in Ortiz

Report: Blue Jays could show interest in Ortiz
October 27, 2011, 6:43 am
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David Ortiz expressed some level of interest in joining the New York Yankees days after the Red Sox' season ended in heartbreaking fashion.

But it could be another A.L. East team that comes calling.

The Blue Jays could be interested in signing Ortiz, according to a source associated with the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber, who said the Jays "will not rule out" offering him a contract.

Ortiz is coming off a season in which he hit .309 with 29 home runs and 96 RBI.

The Red Sox will have the first chance to re-sign Ortiz once the World Series ends, then he will become an unrestricted free agent -- which is where teams like the Blue Jays could swoop in and spend a little more money or add an extra year that the Red Sox may not be willing to offer.

Ortiz is also familiar with Blue Jays manager John Farrell, who was formerly the pitching coach for the Red Sox.

Ortiz is essentially restricted to A.L. teams since he will only be suitable in a DH role.