David Ortiz has been a loyal member of the Red Sox for the last nine seasons, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't suit up for their biggest rival.
The veteran designated hitter, in an interview with ESPN on Wednesday, said that he is not sure that he wants to return to Boston, which has seen manager Terry Francona and general manager Theo Epstein depart in the weeks following the team's failure to make the postseason after collapsing in September, and that he wouldn't rule out playing for New York if the Yankees made an offer.
"There's too much drama, man," Ortiz said to ESPN's Colleen Dominguez. "There's too much drama. I have been thinking about a lot of things. I don't know if I want to be part of this drama for next year."
As for playing for the Yankees, Ortiz was noncommittal but seemingly open to listening.
"That's something I've got to think about," he said. "I've been here on the Red Sox a long time, and I've seen how everything goes down between these two ballclubs. ... [Playing for the Yankees is] 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?"
Ortiz, who hit .309 with 29 homers and 96 RBIs in 2011, has said that he wants a multiyear contract. He told Dominguez that he's still upset by the way things went down in September, particularly the reports that blame Francona for the team's collapse.
"That was a surprise, because no one expected to fail like that," Ortiz said. "No one expected us to be that bad after everything we had accomplished the whole season. It was devastating.
"I don't know why people want to blame [Francona] for all of this. He can tell us what to do, but he is not the one who has to go out there and perform."
Ortiz also commented on recent reports of a fractured clubhouse in which players would drink beer, play video games and eat fast food while games were going on.
"We had that when we won the World Series in 2004," he said. "We had that when we won the World Series in 2007. Beer in the clubhouse, it's always been there. Video games, that's always been there; guys eating fried chicken, that's always been there."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB and read his MLBlog, Youneverknow. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.