Friday, June 19, 2015

Papi: "No Chance" I'd Accept A Trade From Sox

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David Ortiz has achieved a level of seniority in Major League Baseball that he is able to nix any potential trades the Red Sox might cook up. With so-called "10/5 rights" (10 MLB seasons—with at least five on the Red Sox), Ortiz has earned the right to say "No" to any such deal. For some reason, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe (the increasingly irrelevant broadsheet owned by John Henry) actually posed the question of a trade to Ortiz. Replied Papi, "No chance. This is the team I’ll be with the rest of my career...I couldn’t do that to my family. I couldn’t just go to another team and fit in after all of these years. I want to be here." Again, why Cafardo even broached the topic is puzzling—given who signs his paychecks—but the answer, at least, was unequivocal.