David Ortiz was at Fenway Park on Tuesday, getting a workout in, when he ran into new manager John Farrell.
There is every expectation that Ortiz, who can become a free agent after the World Series, will remain with the Red Sox and be Farrell’s designated hitter.
Unlike last season, when negotiations were often acrimonious before Ortiz accepted arbitration and eventually accepted a one-year, $14.575 million deal, the Red Sox are making good progress.
“We want to have David back,” GM Ben Cherington said. “We’ve had good, amicable dialogue since the end of the season. I talked to [agent Fernando Cuza] yesterday and we’ll continue talking. Our hope is to get something done. I’m sure we’ll talk again this week sometime.”
There are indications that a deal could get done before the end of the Series.
Ortiz is seeking a two-year deal. He turns 37 next month, but is coming off a season that saw him hit .318 with a 1.026 OPS over 90 games. Ortiz hit 23 home runs and drove in 60 runs.