The Red Sox have made it very clear from the start of this off-season that staying under the LUXURY TAX is not a priority and getting a massive bat is.
Dave Dombrowski, the general manager of the Red Sox, is known to be one of the most aggressive executives in Major League Baseball, trading for players like Miguel Cabrera in 2007. David Price in 2014 and most recently Chis Sale in 2016.
He knows what it takes to get a MEGA trade done.
This winter the number 1 priority for the Red Sox is run production, something they lacked a lot of after David Ortiz retired after the 2016 season. Bats like Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramírez, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit well, but not many of those hit balls ended up on the other side of the fence.
In 2017, the Red Sox hit 168 home runs, last year they hit 208.
That's a pretty big drop off.
The question now is, who do they go for?
Boston is a right handed hitters dream thanks to the Green Monster, and also left-handed hitters that can hit to all fields, that's why J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer seem like great fits for the Red Sox.
Martinez a 30-year-old free agent right-handed power hitter with 45 dingers in 2017 (with Tigers and Diamondbacks), seems perfect for the Red Sox. He can slide into the DH spot and go full ham on the AL East.
But there is one minor problem.
His name is Scott Boras.
J.D. signed with Boras right before free agency to represent him as his agent, and we all know what that means... BIG BUCKS.
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Martinez is now looking for a $200 million dollar contract, for how many years remains to be seen.
That would put J.D. in th upper-class of MLB contracts, with the likes of Jason Heyward and Giancarlo Stanton.
Is it worth it for the Red Sox to sign Martinez? Maybe.
Why not try to get the biggest bat on the market, Giancarlo Stanton, instead?
I mean it would pretty much cost exactly or close to the same.
Say you give Martinez $200 million over 7 years, that's $28.5 million a year. Stanton, on the other hand, is owed $285 million dollars over the next 10 years and a $25 million dollar club option for year 11. Unless my math fails me, that's $28.5 million a year for Stanton.
The Marlins outfielder hit 59 homers in 2017, 14 more than Martinez.
Now imagine his power at Fenway Park, yeah sounds good huh?
But, how hard would it be to pull off the trade?
Stanton has a full-trade-clause from the Marlins, that means he can veto any trade that comes up and ultimately he has the final word, but the team under new ownership (Derek Jeter and his group) that they don't want him and his contract.
Two teams that have made noise for Stanton are the Giants and the Cardinals, both would ask for some part of the sluggers' contract to stay with the Marlins.
Dodgers are another team that has been mentioned for a trade, and while it makes sense the money might not. Which would be the only problem with that scenario since Stanton is an LA kid and would welcome a move back home.
With all this money talk... Which seems to be the biggest problem.
That is where the Red Sox have the upper hand, Boston can take on Stanton's full contract and in exchange can send some promising prospects down to Miami like Sam Travis, Brian Johnson, Henry Owens and Michael Chavis.
Stanton would give the Red Sox an immediate response to the Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez duo in the Bronx.
Now it's all about can they get a deal done, and if I would put my money on any GM it would be Dombrowski.
I mean he got Chris Sale when the White Sox were holding all the cards, the Marlins don't really have that luxury.