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Finally! Red Sox get their man in J.D. Martinez -- and he's way more than a consolation prize

February 19, 2018 18:46:25 PST

(image) FORT MYERS, Fla. -- J.D. Martinez isn't such a large human that he grabs your attention simply by standing up. He also isn't a former first-round draft pick who, at age 18, was hyped as the next Alex Rodriguez. But here's something else Martinez is not: a consolation prize. Go ahead and rip the Boston Red Sox for being so desperate to fill a key position they had to pay nine figures for a free agent. It happened two years ago when they signed David Price for seven years and $217 million and again Monday evening when they finally -- at long last -- agreed with Martinez on a five-year, $110 million contract that includes an opt-out after two years.

How Xander Bogaerts can regain his place among AL's elite young shortstops

February 19, 2018 08:13:35 PST

(image) FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alex Cora has been the manager of the Boston Red Sox for only 121 days, but it feels as though he has told this same story 120 times. It was Oct. 9, an overcast Monday afternoon at Fenway Park. Bottom of the first inning, one out in Game 4 of a best-of-five division series. Xander Bogaerts took three balls in a row, then a called strike down the middle before Houston Astros starter Charlie Morton uncorked a center-cut, 95 mph fastball.

Inside the Red Sox rotation: Five pitchers, five issues for 2018

February 13, 2018 07:30:18 PST

(image) The way Dave Dombrowski chooses to see it, things will break the Boston Red Sox's way this season as long as the American League East turns into an arms race. Forget all about the David Ortiz-sized hole in the middle of the batting order. And never mind Giancarlo Stanton teaming up with Aaron Judge in New York. Dombrowski believes the division will be decided by pitching, and the Red Sox president wouldn't trade his staff for any other. "If you told me right now that our starting rotation and our bullpen was going to stay healthy during the season, I'd take our chances right now with our club," Dombrowski says.

A tale of two Red Sox teams -- will they be more like 2016 than 2017?

February 12, 2018 07:57:53 PST

(image) Meet the 2018 Boston Red Sox, same as the 2017 Boston Red Sox. Well, not if they can help it. Most teams would happily replicate almost everything about a 93-win season highlighted by a second consecutive division title. But the Red Sox didn't have much fun last year, in part because they believed they were capable of more, both individually and collectively. And based on the things they accomplished in 2016, they were right to feel that way.

What should Red Sox do if J.D. Martinez really is 'fed up'?

February 09, 2018 07:21:05 PST

(image) Imagine you go to a restaurant because it promises a five-course dinner. But after you sit down and tuck in your bib, the waiter brings only three courses -- and no cherry with dessert. You would probably feel underfed. Or at least fed up. Just like J.D. Martinez. Martinez switched agents last year because of Scott Boras' track record of negotiating seven-year deals for free-agent outfielders (Matt Holliday, Jayson Werth, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo).

Alex Cora believes managers and players can be BFFs. But will that work in Boston?

January 30, 2018 07:30:45 PST

(image) Amid all the pleasantries and platitudes that tend to be standard fare at introductory news conferences, one line from Alex Cora's first media availability as manager of the Boston Red Sox stood out for its apparent naivete. "[Being] too close to players," Cora said nearly three months ago in Fenway Park, "that doesn't exist." Cue the eye-rolls and the shaking of heads. To the most cynical in a press corps and fan base teeming with cynics, Cora sounded like a rookie manager who did not yet grasp the reality of his new job.

Are the Red Sox going to sign J.D. Martinez or what? Here's what we know

January 19, 2018 07:30:32 PST

(image) It wasn't an "Open For Business" sign, as his mentor Roland Hemond once hung on a table in a lobby at winter meetings long ago. But Dave Dombrowski sat in a hotel suite in Orlando, Florida, in December, pointed to a list of players in his jacket pocket, and said for all the world to hear that the Boston Red Sox were ready to make offseason deals. "We know who we want," Dombrowski said. "But you're in touch with two things: the trade market and also the free-agency market.

'Do better': With or without J.D. Martinez, these Red Sox need to step it up in 2018

January 09, 2018 07:30:12 PST

(image) Two offseasons ago, the Boston Red Sox paid a steep price for a marquee free agent to fill a positional need born out of not having replaced a cornerstone player who left the team some 15 months earlier. Here we are again. In many ways, the Red Sox's predicament with J.D. Martinez is similar to the chain of events that led them to David Price's door. And although team president Dave Dombrowski appears to be holding firm in his stare-down with agent Scott Boras, the situation with Martinez might be resolved in much the same way as Price's.

J.D. Martinez or no J.D. Martinez, Red Sox have a plan to relaunch their offense

December 19, 2017 07:22:12 PST

(image) BOSTON -- Six days before Christmas, the Boston Red Sox are understandably preoccupied by their protracted search for a middle-of-the-order slugger. But neither J.D. Martinez nor especially the return of Mitch Moreland is going to single-handedly bridge the club's 93-run drop-off in production from 2016 to 2017. That's where Tim Hyers comes in. Hired last month to be the hitting coach under rookie manager Alex Cora, Hyers is rejoining the Red Sox after two years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bringing Mitch Moreland back to Boston is all about landing an even bigger bat

December 18, 2017 19:51:50 PST

(image) BOSTON -- After announcing Monday evening that the Red Sox re-signed first baseman Mitch Moreland to a two-year contract, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski declared he would be "comfortable" with not adding additional pieces to the offense that hit the fewest home runs in the American League last season. You don't really believe him, do you? OK, good. Look, if agent Scott Boras can sit in his Newport Beach, California, office six days before Christmas and pry open his eyes to avoid blinking in staring contests over his 13 unsigned free-agent clients, including marquee slugger J.