David Ortiz is currently a free agent, but before he entertains thoughts about next season, he's still mourning over the Red Sox's 2011 collapse.
"Right now I'm just thinking about how things went down here this year," Ortiz told CSN's Jessica Moran. "I know we let a lot of people down. We have greatest fans and they do not deserve what we just offered them this year. So my time to think about things, see where I wanna be -- hopefully I'm here next year and the years to come -- my time to think about it will come."
But if he had his druthers, would he return to Boston?
"Of course," he said. "This what I know. Everybody's gonna have his opportunity to talk about it. But I really see the front office and everybody trying to put things together for next year just to make sure things don't go down the way they did this year."
If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.
The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.
As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard.
PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.
On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.
Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.
After another bad rehab start in Pawtucket by David Price, should the Red Sox begin to worry about their $30 million per year starting pitcher.