“He has a great relationship with our pitchers and I think they need that,” Ortiz said. “If you can line up your pitching staff, it makes everything easier.
“I think [Farrell] will give us a chance to win games because the pitchers will produce for him. It was hard to win games last season because we were always behind. That’s a tough position.”
Ortiz believes the Red Sox also will benefit from Farrell being so familiar with the team.
“Definitely,” he said. “I’m pretty sure he’ll walk in and handle his business. He’ll be in a situation where he doesn’t have to come in and learn the program. He can just do his thing.”
The Red Sox have missed the playoffs three seasons in a row and were an embarrassment last season. There is much work to be done rebuilding the roster and hiring a coaching staff.
Hiring Farrell is the first step of many.
“I’m very excited to have him back and I’m looking forward to playing for him,” second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “He’s been through it before here and it should be fun trying to accomplish our goals together.”