REPORT: The #RedSox Want Both Eric Hosmer and JD Martinez.

(Source) ORLANDO — A source at the winter meetings said that the Red Sox are engaged in talks with not only free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez but also free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

The intent is not to try to ensure signing one of the two elite hitters, said the source.

The goal is to try to sign both of them.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski neither confirmed nor denied the report.

“No, would not comment on any free agents discussions,” replied Dombrowski in a text this morning. 

After three-plus days of little noteworthy news on the Red Sox’ critical search for elite free agent offense, today’s development certainly seemed to contrast with Dombrowski’s comment here on Monday about a column in the Boston Herald that the Red Sox ought to sign both Hosmer and Martinez.

“I’ve read that, but I don’t know where we’d play those two bats,” said Dombrowski when meeting with the Boston media on Monday. “I’m trying to figure that one out. But I would say we’d be more limited to probably one bat. I can’t say that — I guess if we went for a platoon-type guy or something somewhere else, but I don’t really know where that second bat would play. Middle-of-the-order type. I mean you can get a better offense, but a middle-of-the-order type bat.”

Signing Martinez, who could command a multi-year contract that could total anywhere between $200-$300 million, and Hosmer, whose contract could fall north of $150 million in total value, would obviously strap the ballclub’s coffers significantly.

On the field, this double-barreled response to the Yankees’ stunning trade for Giancarlo Stanton approach $200 million, would certainly be a compelling and understandable counter-move.

The cash outlay is significant, obviously, but the Red Sox have a good reason to pounce now for an immediate boost to their offense rather than wait another year. Signing Martinez would not cost the Red Sox a draft pick and Hosmer at age 28 is notably young to be on the market.

Signing the pair would likely necessitate the Red Sox trying to unload first baseman/DH Hanley Ramirez’ contract. Ramirez is being paid $22 million this year and a same-priced option for 2019 would kick in if Ramirez reached attainable incentives as an everyday player.

Mood after reading this:

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What are we doing here, Dave? You want BOTH of these guys. You want to throw close to $400 million dollars for the both of these guys. I know you weren’t here then, but the last time the Red Sox did this, the following season was not too great, remember?

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Signing two big name free agents in the same offseason has not worked out for the Red Sox in the past, so would signing Martinez and Hosmer to mega-deals be any different?

Dave Dombrowski is a secretive guy. There’s no telling what he has planned, and this is something to keep an eye on. Finding a trade partner to take on Hanley Ramirez’s contract would be another challenge. If he’s not willing to play first base anymore, that really limits your options, especially if you don’t want to trade him to a team within the division.

Acquiring Martinez and Hosmer wouldn’t even move the meter too much for me. Maybe that’s because my mind is set on Bryce Harper, but still. If I were to describe these potential moves in one word, it would be, “meh.” The thing that concerns me is if taking on this much salary would limit the Red Sox in the future. Resigning guys like Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel, and Mookie Betts should be priorities once their current contract ends, and that could be tough to do if nearly $400 million dollars are tied up in Hosmer and Martinez.

Obviously, these moves would bolster the middle of the Red Sox lineup. For the fun of it, here’s what I think the Red Sox everyday lineup would look like if these moves are made:

  1. Betts
  2. Benintendi
  3. Martinez
  4. Hosmer
  5. Devers
  6. Bogaerts
  7. Pedroia
  8. Bradley Jr.
  9. Vazquez

Not perfect, I know. Just something I thought I would throw together real quick. Dustin Pedroia has always been a top of the order guy, so it would be tough to see him in the bottom third of the lineup, but it is a possibility. DH is another interesting thing to consider. If they hold on to Bradley, then I would say Martinez is the DH. That puts the move into even more question, because signing a DH for maybe $200 million dollars does not seem like the smartest thing to do. This is all speculation though, and I’ll have another blog coming if something goes down.

 

 

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The #RedSox Would Be a Good Fit for Marcell Ozuna.

This might sound bias because I have an odd affection for the Miami Marlins, but I really like Marcell Ozuna. At 27 years old, the Dominican born outfielder is coming off the best season of his career. In 159 games, Ozuna mashed 37 home runs to go along with 124 RBIs and a .924 OPS. It went unnoticed because of Giancarlo Stanton, but Ozuna was something special. In fact, the past two seasons for Ozuna have been more consistent compared to his first three. If he can put up the type of power numbers he had with Marlins Park as his home ballpark, just imagine what he can do with Fenway Park as his home ballpark.

Baseball Reference has Ozuna projected to decline in 2018, which is something to take into account considering he has had consistency issues in the past. If I am Dave Dombrowski though, I want this guy on my team. I would gladly substitute Jackie Bradley Jr. for Ozuna. Ozuna is a few months younger and only has one less year of control than Bradley. The Red Sox would more than likely have to throw in some prospects as well, but I can’t imagine any of them would be well-known anyway.

With this trade, the Red Sox would be sacrificing great defense, but they would be getting a much better hitter in return. Depending on the extent of their offseason plans, Ozuna could play out in the field or DH as well. It’s well-known that the Red Sox are in need of a power bat, pursuing a trade for Ozuna may be a better option than throwing hundreds of millions of dollars for top free agents. I know there are Red Sox fans out there who would want both Ozuna and JD Martinez, but I think I rather just have Ozuna. However, if Dave Dombrowski does not plan on pursuing Bryce Harper next winter, then the best thing to do would probably be to sign Martinez as well. The Red Sox can not just sit and watch as the Yankees make franchise-altering moves, something needs to be done.

I NEED Bryce Harper in a #RedSox Uniform in 2019.

So, in case you live under a rock, Giancarlo Stanton is going to be rocking the pinstripes next year in the Bronx.

That stinks, obviously. With the power he has, Stanton is a generational type of player, and he’ll probably hit 55+ home runs next season. Not only that, he’ll be in the same lineup as Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez too. Combined, the three mashed 169 long balls in 2017, one more than the ENTIRE Red Sox roster did. That’s crazy, and I expect those numbers to look the same for those three. Hopefully they will look better for the Red Sox, though. Not only do you have to worry about those three, the Yankees are oozing in talent over the place. Since they traded Starlin Castro, expect one of the best prospects in baseball, Gleyber Torres to take over. I don’t want to go on and on about the Yankees because they’re the Yankees, but they are going to be VERY good next season.

With that in mind, the last thing I want Dave Dombrowski is to overreact. Winter Meetings start Sunday night and I’m sure he’s ready to make some moves, but there’s no need to overspend this offseason. For instance, JD Martinez is a good player, one who is demanding at least $25 million AAV for at least 5 years. He is already 30 years old, that type of investment comes with a ton of risk. Instead of throwing all the money at Martinez, who will most likely compete with Eric Hosmer for richest contract awarded to a position player this offseason, I would go after other players demanding less. Carlos Santana first comes to mind, along with Eduardo Nunez, a player already familiar with the Red Sox. I’m not going to go into too much detail with this, because that’s not the point of this article.

The point of this article is the ultimate goal of this plan, and that’s Bryce Harper. Harper is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career at the conclusion of the 2018 season. He joins the likes of supreme talent like Manny Machado and Craig Kimbrel along with others. Yup, the 2019 Free Agent Class is stacked, and Harper is for sure the leader of that pack.

Similar to LeBron James a la the early 2000’s, Harper has been in the public eye since he was a teenager. Making his debut before his 20th birthday, Harper has already accomplished a lot in just a short time, including 2015 NL MVP honors.

In six career games at Fenway Park, Harper owns a slash line of .286/.375/.524 to go along with one home run and four RBIs. That’s a small sample size, but those numbers also say that Harper would most likely succeed as a hitter at Fenway. Defensively, I could see him playing either corner outfield position. What does that mean for the three guys who would be out there now? Well, I would say Jackie Bradley Jr. is the most movable piece out of the three. With Stanton out of the question, there’s no need to make Andrew Benintendi apart of any trade, unless it’s a blockbuster.

Anyway, this would be the perfect counter move to the Yankees acquiring Stanton. Throw all the money at Harper, it needs to be done. Dave Dombrowski said this team had a three-year championship window before last season. 2018 does not look promising but it can all be salvaged in 2019. Bring back Kimbrel and sign Harper. I know I’m getting way too ahead of myself, but it’s all I can think about. Harper and Betts vs. Judge and Stanton. Think about how electric that would be.

I know this is an overreaction, but I need Bryce Harper next winter. I need him to be recruited by David Ortiz, I need John Henry to give Dave Dombrowski a blank check, I NEED IT.

Enjoyed every minute of playing in Boston! Being able to take in opening day at Fenway Park was one of the best things that I've ever been apart of..N... - Bryce Harper (@bharper3407)

#OperationGetBryceHarpertoBoston will soon be a go. As for now, let’s see what Winter Meetings entails for the Red Sox.

What would a potential Giancarlo Stanton trade look like for the #RedSox?

With the MLB season offically ending tonight or tomorrow night, I thought I’d preview something that should get a lot of people talking this winter: Giancarlo Stanton. From what I’ve seen, heard and read, it doesn’t look like the Marlins, led by Derek Jeter, are too keen on retaining Stanton going into 2018. With that said, it has been reported that the Marlins slugger would have several suitors in the trade market. The Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals, Phillies, and Yankees have all been rumored to be interested. The team that has garnered the most interest though, if not the Giants, would be the Boston Red Sox. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski is notorious for making big moves during the baseball offseason, and acquiring Stanton would be no different.

Stanton would join the likes of Craig Kimbrel and Chris Sale as big name players Dombrowski has acquired via trade just since joining the Red Sox in 2015. If Stanton were to come to Boston, what kind of package would that take to get him here? Since he is under contract until 2028, I would expect him to be here for the duration of that time. He has the option to opt out after 2020, but there is no reason to believe that will happen given how much Stanton will make after that. Up until this point, Stanton has not made more than $14.5 million in one season. Starting in 2018, Stanton will earn at least $25 million a year for the next ten seasons. With all this in mind, let’s go over some potential deals that could bring Stanton to Boston.

Deal #1:
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Majority of Stanton’s contract

Marlins acquire:
Andrew Benintendi
Midlevel prospect(s)

If the Marlins are more concerned about cutting payroll instead of reloading their farm system, this trade seems like a good option. The Red Sox take on most if not all of Stanton’s contract while also replacing Andrew Benintendi in the outfield. The Marlins also get a young outfielder who has already proven he can handle a place like Boston while also being a productive player. It’s too early to say if Benny is a guy a team can build around, but he’s a nice piece regardless.

Deal #2:
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Responsibility of half of Stanton’s contract

Marlins acquire:
Rafael Devers
Tanner Houck
Daniel Flores

If the Marlins are more concerned about restocking their farm system, then this trade could work. The Red Sox may have to give up more in this scenario, but at least they do not have to take on all of Stanton’s contract. The Marlins are also getting a future stud of  a third baseman to go along with two of the best prospects in the Red Sox farm system.

Deal #3
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Justin Bour
JT Realmuto

Marlins acquire:
Andrew Benintendi
Sam Travis
Christian Vazquez
Daniel Flores
Jalen Beeks
Bobby Dalbec

You wanna get nuts? I can get nuts. In this scenario, the Red Sox would be acquiring the three best players on last years Marlins team not named Yelich or Ozuna. Realmuto and Vazquez are essentially a wash, and Bour would take over as the every day first baseman with Travis and Moreland gone. The Red Sox would have to give up a lot more though, and this trade would elevate the Marlins farm system nicely.

Come December, some big moves could be made. On December 1, 2015, the Red Sox agreed to a deal with David Price, then the best starter on the free agent market. On December 6, 2016, the Red Sox acquired Chris Sale from the White Sox in a blockbuster trade. Will more of these big splashes happen in just over a month? We’ll have to wait and see.

The #RedSox have officially hired Alex Cora as their 47th manager.

After weeks of speculation, the Red Sox have officially named Alex Cora as their manager for 2018. The announcement was made official this afternoon, as Cora has inked a three-year deal with the club. Cora, who spent the better part of four seasons with Boston from 2005 to 2008, will look to tap into this teams full potential. Inking a three-year deal, the 42-year-old will not have too long of an adjustment period with his “new” team. The only player who remains from his playing days in Boston would be none other than Dustin Pedroia. The two won a World Series together back in 2007, and I’m sure that’s the type of attitude and Culture Cora will want to instill here.

Acquired back on July 7, 2005 for Ramon Vazquez, Cora proved to be valuable to the Red Sox despite never playing all that much. In the 301 regular season games he appeared in for the Red Sox, the infielder hit .252 with 6 HRs and 61 RBIs.

Known as one of the best baseball minds in the game, Cora began coaching with the Houston Astros at the beginning of this season under AJ Hinch. Ever since John Farrell was relieved of his managing duties, Cora was the heavy favorite to replace him. There were rumors that Ron Gardenhire would be the choice, but he has already signed with the Detroit Tigers to be their new manager.

Personally, I’m excited by this move. I remember liking Cora when he played here, he helped Dustin Pedroia get to where he is today. He could have been selfish and not wanted a rookie to take his job, but he was key in developing Pedroia back in 2007 and 2008. It appears that Cora is a better communicator than Farrell, and he may understand more since he has not been out of the game as a player for too long. I’m not saying this move guarantees a championship next year, but it definitely helps.

How did this #RedSox team meet your expectations?

With 2017 in the books, I thought I would share some of my thoughts from this postseason. To keep it simple, I’ll go over the good parts, the bad parts, and the ugly parts. Ready? Let’s go.

The Good:

Chris Sale

Craig Kimbrel

Bullpen David Price

Christian Vazquez

Rafael Devers

Andrew Benintendi

Eduardo Nunez

The bullpen

The Bad:

Xander Bogaerts

Hanley Ramirez

Sandy Leon

Chris Young

Rick Porcello

John Farrell losing his job

The Ugly:

David Price and the media

Apple watches

Manny Machado

Pablo Sandoval

Fan treatment of Dustin Pedroia

Overall, this team fell short of the ultimate goal. From the flu in April, to 21-21 in May, to Pablo Sandoval being DFA’d, to Apple watches, to losing to the Astros in four games. They were built for a championship, but they couldn’t even get out of the first round. That’s part of the reason John Farrell was fired, and that’s why Dave Dombrowski has some work to do this summer. To make things worse, the Yankees are going to the ALCS, yup, a team that was supposed to be in a rebuild made it further into the postseason than the Red Sox. Hopefully, that’s enough to motivate Dombrowski to make some moves. Giancarlo Stanton? JD Martinez? We’ll see.

The #RedSox have decided to move on from John Farrell.

Folks, it happened. At long last, after way too much speculation, John Farrell is no longer the manager of the Boston Red Sox. Recently, I haven’t been too hard on Farrell, I actually think he has done a decent job. That’s the key word, DECENT, not great. Dave Dombrowski has gone out and gotten two of the best starting pitchers of this decade and the Red Sox have yet to get out of the first round of the playoffs. That’s a problem, and I’m not saying Dombrowski has done an excellent job either, but the manager deserves to take some of the blame.

As I have watched this team over the past two seasons, I feel like this team has never reached their full potential. It’s been tough to win the division in back-to-back seasons and I don’t think there is any excuse for this. You see teams like the Astros and Indians clinch in the middle of September, then you look at the Red Sox and how it took until the second to last game of the season to clinch. That should not be the case with this talented of a team. Whoever is next is really going to have to know how to get the most out of his guys, because I don’t think John Farrell did that. 2013 was nice, but John Farrell is not the main reason they won that year, that’s a fact.

So, who will be the next manager of the Red Sox you say? Well, it’s hard to say. In my opinion, Alex Cora is the most attractive option. Not only has he played in Boston, but he seems to be regarded as one of the best baseball minds in the game while coaching with the Astros. Brad Ausmus is another, far less attractive option. The only reason to throw his name out there is because of the connection to Dave Dombrowski. Could they go in-house and hire Gary Disarcina or Jason Varitek? Perhaps. Tek seems to be the fan favorite right now, but I would prefer if it were not him. Say he struggles and gets scrutinized by the media here, doesn’t that dirty the great reputation he had here during his playing career? He might not even be ready to fully commit himself to something like that, I have no idea. Personally, my top choice would be Cora, could do great things here if he can tap into this teams full potential, which is World Series titles, of course.

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