Cherington, Ortiz’s agents have ‘good dialogue’

Though it doesn’t appear Ben Cherington will complete any transactions before the end of the General Mangers Meetings, he did make some headway in several areas, including negotiations with free-agent slugger David Ortiz.

“I talked to David’s agents since I’ve been here at the GM meetings,” Cherington said. “I think there’s a pretty good understanding of where both sides are. We’re just not at the same point yet, but there’s a pretty good understanding of where everyone is.”

While Jonathan Papelbon, Boston’s other marquee free agent, swiftly moved on to Philadelphia, there seems to be motivation from both sides to keep Ortiz in a Red Sox uniform.

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