With both Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Otani out of the picture, the Red Sox will have to turn elsewhere to solve their needs at the plate. After all, if Dave Dombrowski is after one thing this offseason, it’s power.
The Red Sox president of baseball operations hasn’t been shy about his efforts to target a big bat, as the team has been rumored to be eyeing the likes of free agents J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer.
“I didn’t supply the players that would give us enough runs [in 2017],” Dombrowski said earlier during the offseason. “I think we do need that. That’s part of our offseason goal.”
Here are the most recent updates on Boston’s pursuits of potential new sluggers and other players:
Conducted by ESPN, a recent poll of baseball insiders projects that the Red Sox are most likely to sign free agent J.D. Martinez this offseason. Boston received 23 out of the 40 eligible votes.
According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Martinez is seeking a deal in the $200-million range, but an anonymous GM predicts “he’ll likely end up in the $140-million range over six years.” Because the 30-year-old is not a qualified free agent, the Red Sox would be able to both sign the outfielder and maintain their draft picks and international signing bonus pool money.
Martinez’s agent, Scott Boras, also represents another free agent the Red Sox are rumored to be after: Eric Hosmer. According to one reporter, Boras hasn’t ruled out the possibility of sending both his players to Boston. The addition of Martinez alone could certainly help solve the Red Sox’ lack of power, as the righty hit 45 homers and batted in 104 runs last season with the Diamondbacks and the Detroit Tigers.
Unlike Martinez, Hosmer is currently a qualified free agent — meaning that Boston would have to give up their second-highest draft pick and have their international signing bonus pool reduced by half a million dollars in order to sign him.
Last season with the Kansas City Royals, Hosmer hit 25 homers and batted in 94 runs. His batting average of .318 was also a touch better than that of Martinez (.302).
According to ESPN’s Scott Lauber, the Red Sox have shown interest in Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber. Lauber, however, also mentions that the team’s president of baseball operations Theo Epstein reportedly “won’t give him up.” Schwarber hit 30 home runs and batted in 59 runs after missing the 2016 regular season due to a leg injury.
The Red Sox were one of several teams to express interest in Carlos Santana during the first session of MLB GM meetings in November, and the conversation between the two teams is reportedly still ongoing. Although the Indians are engaging in free agency talks, Cleveland is ultimately hoping to retain their Gold Glove-nominated first baseman.
Santana has already received an offer from his current team, but his agents are “waiting for the market to form” before negotiations. Even if he receives an offer to his liking from a different team, the Indians have been assured they will be given the chance to counter before Santana accepts.
The 31-year-old has played all eight seasons of his MLB career in Cleveland. He recorded 148 hits and 23 home runs last season.
December 6: ESPN’s Lauber reports the White Sox are seeking “an arm and both legs” in exchange for Abreu, but it’s uncertain whether the Red Sox have enough prospects left in their farm system to make the deal happen.
November 30: According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Red Sox are among the group of teams to be in discussion for White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. When Abreu signed with Chicago in 2014, Boston was also one of four finalists being considered by the 30-year-old.
chisox have been in active talks with red sox and others on star 1B jose abreu. boston was 1 of 4 finalists for abreu when he signed with chicago (milwaukee & houston were the others).
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 29, 2017
Current Red Sox roster
Jackie Bradley Jr.
According to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale, the Red Sox “have let several teams know” that Jackie Bradley Jr. is available. Dombrowski, however, refuted this report while speaking to the media at the Winter Meetings.
Dombrowski says Sox want to keep OF together. ‘I don’t know where those rumors have started but they’re not accurate.’ Doesn’t rule out a move involving an OF, but suggests Sox aren’t looking to do that.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) December 11, 2017
Dombrowski said that the front office has had discussions with a number of pitchers despite not having an open spot in the rotation. With the recent departure of Doug Fister to Texas, however, there may be a replacement in the works.
“I’d say we’ve had more conversations with pitchers — starting and relieving,” he told reporters. “When you’re looking at the market we’re looking at right now, I don’t know that that’s going to be something that jumps out, because most guys that we’d be looking at now, some of them may be looking to be regulars somewhere else, and we don’t have a regular spot to open up right now.”
This post will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
Giancarlo Stanton has signed with the New York Yankees.
The Yankees and the Miami Marlins have agreed to a trade that would send Stanton to New York, a person familiar with the negotiations said Saturday.
Shohei Otani has signed with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Japanese two-way star announced he will sign with the Los Angeles Angels, ending the sweepstakes surrounding his move to the majors. Ohtani intends to be both a starting pitcher and an everyday power hitter.