David Ortiz may not have much good to say about Bobby Valentine these days, but the feeling's not mutual.
"Well, you know what, [when] he played last year, he was the MVP of the league, I thought," Valentine said in an interview on 'The Diehards' Thursday on Boston's NBC Sports Radio. "He was as good as there is . . . "
Not does Valentine believe the lingering Achilles issue, which knocked him out of the lineup last July, be a problem:
"I think he'll be healthy. I think he's smart and will save all of his bullets, or as many of his bullets as he can, until the season begins."
Which will benefit the Sox, of course.
"[You] have to have a bopper [from the left side of the plate] in the lineup, and it looks like he's going to be that guy for the Red Sox," said Valentine, later adding: "When he's in the lineup, he's a difference-maker."