David Ortiz Considers NY Yankees: 5 Reasons it is a Horrible Fit
While there has been no indication that Brian Cashman and the Bronx Bombers have any interest in Ortiz, when a Red Sox player says he would play for the hated Yankees, you have to take notice.
With Theo Epstein jumping ship for the Cubs, Terry Francona run out of Beantown by John Henry and all of the rumors of a dysfunctional Red Sox clubhouse, Ortiz in pinstripes would be the final dagger in the hearts of Red Sox Nation.
Whether it happens or not will be subject to debate in the coming days, but here are five reasons why it would be a horrible fit for the Yankees.
The Yankees Are Already an Old Team
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One thing was apparent about the Yankees during the ALDS. They are a very old ballclub.
Derek Jeter is 37, A-Rod is 35, Jorge Posada (if he is back in 2012) is 39.
The Yankees need to get younger, not older. They need players who can play a whole 162-game season and not break down in the postseason.
Adding another aging veteran into the mix only provides more questions than answers.
They Have Enough DH Candidates
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Assuming that Jorge Posada doesn't retire, and the Yankees let him hang around another year, the team will already have a DH for 2012. Posada's status as a switch-hitter makes a platoon situation unlikely as well.
Jeter, A-Rod, and Nick Swisher are all quickly becoming liabilities in the field too. Presumably, Ortiz would want a multi-year deal and those guys are going to need to be in the line-up somehow in the coming years.
Then there is trying to find at bats for young Jesus Montero as well.
No—the Yankees don't need another designated hitter.
Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols
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Assuming that Pujols or Fielder (or both) hit the free agent market this Winter, the Yankees will make a run at one of them. They may be the only team that could afford them.
At that point, the previously described over-crowded DH problem becomes null and void. The Yankees won't let the opportunity to add Fielder or Pujols to their line-up for the next some odd years slip away.
With all due respect to Ortiz, he ain't no Prince.
There's Too Much Drama, Man
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Ortiz is supposedly one of the clubhouse leader's for the Red Sox. If there were truly issues in Boston, then Ortiz could have or should have tried to thwart them.
At this point, if you're the Yankees, why take the risk on adding a potential problem to the clubhouse?
Nobody is saying that Ortiz was an issue, but if I'm a GM, I'm considering all Red Sox damaged goods, unless I'm specifically told by multiple sources otherwise.
Would New Yorker's Even Welcome Him?
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Do you think New Yorker's have forgotten the 2004 ALCS yet?
The past decade, Ortiz has been a constant fixture in Boston. Yankee fans have had a lot of practice hating him already.
If he signed with New York, it would certainly cause an uproar with many in the Bronx just because he is David Ortiz.
If he signed with New York, and didn't hit right away...he would be run out of the Big Apple by June.