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David Ortiz Free Agency: Big Papi Praises 'Great' Yankees, Slams Red Sox 'Drama'

Red Sox slugger and soon-to-be free agent David Ortiz is fed up with the "drama" in Boston. Could it be enough to send him to the "great" New York Yankees?

Maybe the "Evil Empire" isn't so evil after all.

But don't take my word for it. Just ask longtime Red Sox slugger and soon-to-be free agent David Ortiz, who has "disconnected" with the Boston "drama" as he weighs his options for the 2012 season.

Could one of those options put "Big Papi" in pinstripes? Ortiz talks to ESPN.com:

"That's something I gotta think about. I've been here on the Red Sox a long time, and I've seen how everything goes down between these two ballclubs. [The Yankees are] great from what I hear. It's a good situation to be involved in. Who doesn't want to be involved in a great situation where everything goes the right way? 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. I just want to play baseball. I'm a winner, I play to win, I want to make good things go on around me."

The New York Yankees, who will likely undergo significant roster changes following an embarrassing exit in the first round of the ALCS, are always in the market for a big bat. But the Steinbrenners are also looking for a good return on investment and Ortiz, despite strong numbers for the 2011 season, had a hand in the organization's September collapse.

A collapse that saw Theo Epstein jump ship, Terry Francona get thrown under the bus and a clubhouse full of disgruntled players mouth off to the press.

In short, plenty of "drama." But is it enough to send Ortiz to the Bronx?

Stay tuned.

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