BOSTON (CBS) – With David Ortiz set to hit free agency when the World Series concludes, there is an AL East foe that could pluck him away from the Red Sox.
For now, that team is not the New York Yankees.
A Major League source told the Boston Herald the Toronto Blue Jays will not rule out pursuing Ortiz this offseason, giving their lineup a little more pop.
Ortiz has bode well north of the border, with his 29 career home runs at the Rogers Centre second only to the 151 he has knocked out of Fenway Park.
Ortiz would provide protection for Toronto’s power hitting Jose Bautista, who Ortiz chose to be on the AL Home Run derby team during this season’s All-Star festivities. He is also very familiar with Jays current manager, John Farrell, who was the pitching coach in Boston from 2007-2010.
Ortiz’ options will be limited this offseason, as the 36-year-old full-time DH will have to find a home in the American League if he does not return to Boston.
A seven-time All-Star while with the Red Sox, Ortiz did say recently he would like to return to Boston.
Ortiz hit .309 with 29 home runs and 96 RBI in 2011.