Ortiz hints at leaving Sox 'drama'; joining Yanks?

Ortiz hints at leaving Sox 'drama'; joining Yanks?
October 13, 2011, 7:41 am
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Add David Ortiz to the list of 2011 Red Sox who may not be back.

But unlike Theo Epstein or Terry Francona, could Big Papi go to . . . the Yankees? It's not out of the question, according to him.

Speaking with ESPN's Colleen Dominguez, Ortiz talked about all the drama surrounding the Red Sox and how he wanted to stay away from it.

"There's too much drama, man," Ortiz told Dominguez. "There's 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."

Pressed further on if he'd consider the Yankees, Ortiz said it was something he would think about, and from what he hears, it's a good situation over there in New York.

He specifically mentioned the fact that the Yankees lost in the first round of the playoffs, and not as much was made of it -- unlike in Boston.

During the interview, Ortiz also learned for the first time that Theo Epstein was heading to the Chicago Cubs.

"I am just finding out right now," he said. "I have been disconnected from all the drama going on around here. Too much drama. My head is spinning way too much to deal with everything that is going on. I have unplugged, you know, and I have just been dealing with my family."

On the same day, Dustin Pedroia had heard first of Epstein's departure during an interview with WEEI.