Red Sox deciding between trade or a free agent signing

The team from Boston would rather structure a new deal

Red Sox would prefer a free agent.

Red Sox would prefer a free agent. | AP

The Red Sox are committed to finding reinforcements for the 2018 season. That¿s why the Bostom team has been linked to the best players available in free agency like Eric Hosmer, Carlos Santana and J.D. Martinez as well as Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is expected to switch teams this offseason.

But according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Red Sox organization would be more interested in signing a free agent than in making the move for Stanton.

Stanton has said he wants to leave Miami if the team is not aiming to be a contender, but his heavy contract worth $295 million over the next 10 years and Miami's wishes to get top prospects for the outfielder have stalled any type of deal.

The Red Sox are at the limit of the Luxury tax for 2018, although according to the high commands, Dave Dombrowski and John Henry, there would be no problem in case of exceeding the limit.

The first options for Boston seem to be Martinez and Hosmer as the biggest bats this winter, but they have already met with cheaper option Carlos Santana and appear interested in adding two big bats, one expensive pick and also a cheaper valuable player. 

The Boston team struggled offensively in 2017 due to the absence of David Ortiz, who retired at the end of the 2016 season. Without "Big Papi" the Red Sox were dead last in homers in all of MLB in 2017.