Report: Blue Jays could show interest in Ortiz

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Report: Blue Jays could show interest in Ortiz

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.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.