David Ortiz, Jon Lester close to signing extensions

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Red Sox stars Jon Lester and David Ortiz said several times over the winter that they hoped to sign contract extensions that would keep them in Boston. They reiterated that sentiment at the start of spring training.

Now, as the regular season approaches, both players are drawing close to their goal.

The Red Sox may be only days away from finalizing a one-year, $15 million extension with Ortiz. Meanwhile, Lester described his negotiations with the team as being fruitful enough to potentially produce a deal before Opening Day.

New contracts have been expected for both players.

Ortiz’s agent, Fernando Cuza, has had at least three in-person visits with Red Sox officials during spring training and was at JetBlue Park Thursday.

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