David Ortiz is one of many members of the Boston Red Sox eager for a fresh start after a disappointing last-place finish in the 2012 season. But before turning his attention solely on the upcoming season, Ortiz reflected once more on what went wrong last season.

And it included a not-so-stealth shot at former manager Bobby Valentine, who was fired in October after one very controversial season on the job.

"An organization and a team is like the human body," Ortiz told reporters, according to The Boston Globe. "If the head is right, the body is going to function right. But if the head is mixed up, they're going to be all over the place. That was part of our situation last year. Guys weren't comfortable with the manager we had.

"The first move our organization did was go and try to fix that. I'm pretty sure we're looking at that as a positive move. It's like a fresh start. Pretty sure a lot of guys are comfortable with a manager like John (Farrell). We're going to get back to the basics."

Ortiz, 37, played in one game after July 16 last season because of an Achilles' tendon injury, from which he says he is nearly fully recovered. In 90 games in 2012, he hit .318/.415/.611 with 23 homers and 60 RBIs.

The longest-tenured member of the Red Sox, Ortiz signed a two-year, $26 million contract to remain with the team this offseason.