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Red Sox to step up David Ortiz talks

Updated: October 9, 2012, 3:51 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

After the Boston Red Sox concluded their dismal 93-loss season, general manager Ben Cherington said re-signing David Ortiz would be a priority in the offseason. While the sides have had informal talks, serious conversations with the free-agent designated hitter will begin at "some point next week," according to a team source.

Ortiz, 36, missed 71 of Boston's final 72 games due to a right Achilles strain but said last week in New York that he felt good and should be able to begin his normal ...

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