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David Ortiz on MFB: 'Red Sox still have the ball on the court' in Jon Lester pursuit

December 05, 2014 - 8:28 am
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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz checked in with Middays with MFB from his charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic and shared his thoughts on the team's contract negotiations with free agent left-hander Jon Lester and other topics. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Coming off a last-place finish in 2014, the Red Sox signed Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval last month in an effort to bolster a woeful offense. "We know that this year, offensively, we were terrible," Ortiz said. "We scored less runs than everyone else. That tells you as an owner, as a GM, if you don't have no offense you're going nowhere. An example of that is the Kansas City Royals. The best pitching in the game, but they still could not make it, and it's because they need the offense. "So right now I think if we go out there and get some pitching, we get my boy Lester on board and go out there and get another starter, I think things will look even better. And remember, this division, everybody's getting tied up." Regarding the Sox' chances of landing Lester, Ortiz said it might require the Red Sox to show their appreciation in ways other than money. "All the conversations talking to Lester and stuff, I think the Red Sox still have the ball on the court. And it's because we all know that Lester loves Boston," Ortiz said. "And there's something that we need to make up, and it was that painful trade ... during the season. I know my boy's feelings were hurt when he got traded. And the reason his feelings were hurt was because he loves Boston." Added Ortiz: "So I think it's time for us to kind of make that up, and appreciate that the fact that this guy has been part of a couple of World Series. He has given everything he has. His playoff numbers are ridiculous. And he can demand whatever he deserves." For Ortiz's thoughts on Ramirez, Sandoval, Alex Rodriguez and his own contract situation, listen to the interview. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

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