Why Red Sox talks with J.D. Martinez, Boras remain in a winter freeze

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J.D. Martinez steps in to bat against the Colorado Rockies. –Ross D. Franklin / AP, File

In an offseason that has moved with all of the briskness of drying paint, the Red Sox’ pursuit of J.D. Martinez remains at a standstill. The current status of the talks?

“Dead,’’ suggested a major league source, before softening the statement with a puckish curiosity. “Will it revive?’’

The possibility certainly exists. After all, according to that same source, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner recently met with agent Scott Boras, with Martinez – among other topics – having been part of the conversation.


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