Boston Red Sox closer and object of Yankees fans’ fury everywhere, Jonathan Papelbon, told Jody McDonald on MLB Home Plate on SIRIUS XM Radio that he wouldn’t rule out signing with the Yankees (or anyone else) when he becomes eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.
From the transcript of the interview:
Host, Jody McDonald: “If you couldn’t work out a contract with the Red Sox before free agency comes up and you eventually become a free agent, is the Bronx ever a possibility?”
Jonathan Papelbon: “Oh, of course. I mean, I think if we can’t come to an agreement on terms here in a Red Sox uniform, I mean, I think that’s pretty much the writing on the wall. If they can’t come to terms with you they’re letting you know that, ‘Hey you know what? We can go somewhere else.’ And I think it’s the same way on the other side, ‘Hey if ya’ll can’t come to an agreement with me then I can go somewhere else.’ Not only in the Bronx, but anywhere. I think anywhere is a possibility.
”You always have to keep that in the back of your mind because you can’t just be one-sided and think that, ‘Oh I’m going to be in a Red Sox uniform my entire career.’ Because nowadays that is very, very rare and hopefully we can because there’s no question I would love to stay in a Boston Red Sox uniform but I have to do what’s best for me and play in an atmosphere where I’m wanted and play on a team where I’m wanted and that’s all I can really say about that, you know?”
Give Papelbon some credit: he’s not an idiot. Ruling out the Yankees would be a silly move, even if he has no intention of signing with them. That said, I still despise him and seeing him in pinstripes would be vomit-inducing.