Here is a quote from David Ortiz during the 2010 All-Star break, via ESPN.com:
“I’m going to tell you, I ain’t going nowhere. “I don’t want one year. Why should I return for one year and go through the same [stuff] I’m going through now, just because it’s my last year? No. I like to be left alone when I’m playing baseball. I know how to clean my [stuff] up.”
In addition to some pretty horrible grammar, this quote illustrates some pretty scary effects that could take course next season for the Red Sox. Despite what he feels or says now, clearly Ortiz doesn’t like playing when he knows there is no contract for him in the following year. Couple that with his recent trend of atrocious starts to the season, Ortiz — and thus the Red Sox — could have a very dark future.
Hal Steinbrenner on the upcoming Derek Jeter negotiations:
“There’s always the possibility that things could get messy. I know our fans are emotional and that’s what we love about them. But I’ve got to try to do my job on behalf of the partnership and the partners and everybody else involved in the organization. Hank and I need to keep a level head and realize that we’re running a business here.”
This is where things get interesting. Yes, Jeter will be back, but I can’t imagine that the Yankees are going to do this quietly. Hopefully, the Yankees won’t give him something he doesn’t deserve.
According to an SI.com report, the Yankees
are Joe Girardi are close to a three-year contract worth
$9-10 million. These negotiations won’t take very long if you
as me. Again, I am not happy about this. All I could have
asked for was a one-year deal. Another three years of Girardi
is tough to imagine.
Here is a quote from right after Game 6 of the ALCS from Cliff Lee:
“I love this city. I love my teammates. It’s going to be a good team for years to come. For my family, this couldn’t be a better situation.“Free agency is when a player finally gets a choice, and I’m looking forward to that. There are so many things that can happen. I’m just more focused on helping this team win a World Series. If we do that it would be hard to walk away.”
It’s been mentioned quite a bit that a trade
for A.J. Burnett might take place this offseason. However,
that is extremely unlikely. Not only will it be hard to find
a team that will want to pick up a pitcher who just finished
the season with an ERA above 5, but add in a contract worth
$16.5 million for the next three years, and you virtually
diminish the possibility of a trade.
Here is a shot of the 41st pennant flags that would have been sold if the Yankees won the American League Championship series.