CAP CANA, Dominican Republic — Like everyone else interested in the rebuilding of the last-place Red Sox, David Ortiz has been following what moves general manager Ben Cherington has been making.
Big Papi is pleased. But he is waiting for more.
Ortiz said Thursday night that he is excited about the additions of Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino.
They each agreed to three-year deals, Napoli on Monday and Victorino on Tuesday.
“We’re getting good players and that’s what it’s all about,” Ortiz said. “That’s how you win games. It’s going to be fun to watch [Napoli]. A power hitter, a righthander, we haven’t had that in a while. We had Cody [Ross] this year, but it’s going to be fun to watch Napoli hitting some balls over the Green Monster.”
Ortiz expects that he will personally benefit from having Napoli in the middle of the lineup.
“In the American League there’s a lot of good lefthanded pitching,” he said. “We had a lot of lefthanders in the lineup. You need that [righthanded] help. They won’t be putting too many lefties against us.
“Power is hard to find right now. When you get a power hitter you have to keep him today’s day and Napoli is one of those guys. You need guys who are game-changers and he’s one of them. That’s good to hear.”
Ortiz also approved of signing Victorino.
“That’s my boy,” he said. “I’m very happy that he’s going to come in and join us. He’s going to be a guy people are going to love in Boston. People are going to love him. He goes at it hard. He’s got a lot of adrenalin going on. I love that. It gets me going.”
In general, Ortiz feels better about the state of the team.
“I think we’re on our way there,” he said. “Still, we’ve got some other things to do. I think that’s a good way to start things. There’s a lot of guys out there still that I’m sure they’re going to be chasing.
“I’ll tell you guys, you’re going to see some things happen.”
Ortiz is hosting a celebrity golf tournament this weekend to raise funds for pediatric care in New England and the Dominican Republic.
Hall of Famers Jim Rice, Barry Larkin and Juan Marichal will be on hand along with former Red Sox players Pedro Martinez, Johnny Damon, Tim Wakefield, Kevin Millar and Sean Casey.
Robinson Cano, Luis Tiant, Hanley Ramirez and gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman also are on Ortiz’s guest list.
The event has raised $750,000 over the last four years.