Boston Red Sox sign JD Martinez

Red Sox just flexed right back at Yankees and it’s on again

The Red Sox were last in the American League in homeruns and 27th overall in the MLB in 2017. Although attendance at Fenway Park remained nearly unchanged, regional television ratings were down 15 percent on New England Sports Network, according to Nielsen Media data, while sports-talk airwaves were filled with the grievances of dissatisfied fans. Last season, despite the division title, makes that clear.

In the meantime, there's no other way to slice it: Martinez is a good (and necessary) get for the Red Sox. Ramirez, in turn, will see his role reduced to non-primary platoon first baseman paired with Mitch Moreland and pinch-hitter of first resort. Here's a look at the Sox' projected opening day lineup.

"We have an obligation to try to win the World Series every year", Werner said Monday, per Drellich. We had significant pitching that was injured a year ago.

From there, Henry doubled down on his criticism of the way former hitting coach Chili Davis had players stepping into the box. After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also signed an agreement that it will not oppose the new rules.

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported via Twitter, "Martinez and the Red Sox are moving close to a deal".

The Boston Red Sox finally acquire the big bat for the lineup that they have desperately needed: agreeing to terms with top free agent JD Martinez.

Henry dismissed any suggestions of collusion between the teams as "ridiculous". That leaves Jay and Maybin as the remaining everyday centerfielders on the free agent market that the Giants have been reportedly linked to. With the Red Sox careful not to bid against themselves, the price for Martinez stayed around $100 million. The Diamondbacks will present opposing pitchers with a formidable lineup once again this season, even if a J.D. Martinez reunion proves hard. That will allow them to keep their ultra-talented outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Bradley and Mookie Betts intact.



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