October 27, 2011
It became clear earlier this week that the Boston Red Sox wouldn't be going after Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell to fill its need at the same position. The Blue Jays, though, are apparently ready to make a raid on a Red Sox icon.
The Boston Herald reports that the word on the street is that the Blue Jays "will not rule out" going after David Ortiz(notes), who has been one of the Sox's poster boys since he arrived there in 2003 and helped lead the team to two World Series titles.
The soon-to-be 36-year-old Ortiz, by the way, has hit more homers in his career at the Rogers Centre (29), the home of the Jays, than he has anywhere else except Fenway, the Herald points out. This year, he hit .328 with five homers in Toronto.
The Herald has it that the seven-time All-Star will be seeking a multiyear deal worth around $10 million annually. He hit .309 with 29 homers and 40 doubles this season.