Now, you know Papelbon is throwing the Yankees out there to get his home fans riled up and to get the Sox front office off the dime for a new big money contract. The chances of him ending up in New York are quite slim.
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?”
Friday, June 19, 2009
Red Sox' closer Jonathan Papelbon was on Sirius radio yesterday with Jody McDonald and made a pitch for a new long term deal. The Sox closer can be a free agent in 2011 and told Jody Mac he wasn't adverse to playing anywhere, even the Bronx. This info from Andrew Fitzpatrick of Sirius: