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Red Sox, Ortiz closing in on multi-year deal

Red Sox, Ortiz closing in on multi-year deal

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Red Sox, Ortiz closing in on multi-year deal
BOSTON -- With their managerial situation now taken care of, the Red Sox are going full speed ahead in trying to re-sign star slugger David Ortiz to a multi-year contract.

While Ortiz is eligible for free agency as soon as the World Series ends, it doesn't sound as if it will get to that point.

Ortiz continues to work out at Fenway Park on a near-daily basis. He even met with new Red Sox manager John Farrell on Tuesday.

"Out of the goodness of our hearts, we kept the door open for David to use our facility here as long as he is in Boston," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "As I said, we want to have David back. We've had good, amicable dialogue since the end of the season. I talked to [Ortiz's 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."

While the Red Sox picked up Ortiz's option for the 2011 season and reached a one-year deal with him last offseason, the big slugger, according to a source, is likely to land a multi-year contract this time, one that could enable him to retire in a Boston uniform. ESPNBoston.com reported that a deal could be reached by the end of this week.

Similarly, the Red Sox continue to negotiate with outfielder Cody Ross, another potential free agent they're confident they will retain.

Farrell even mentioned Ross as one of the players he's put out messages to in recent days.

"We've continued dialogue, we've talked to his representative a number of times since the season ended," Cherington said. "We still want to keep working on that one and give him every chance to return."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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