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Red Sox to step up David Ortiz talks

Updated: October 22, 2012, 10:38 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Now that the Boston Red Sox have John Farrell in place as their new manager, general manager Ben Cherington can turn his attention to free agent designated hitter David Ortiz.

The sides have been talking and that should intensify now. Ortiz believes a deal could be done soon.

"We're talking," Ortiz said. "We'll be talking again sometime this week and hopefully everything goes well. It seems like they want to move forward and now that they have the manager locked ...

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