For fans of teams not named the Washington Nationals, the fun now begins.
Free agency soon will open across Major League Baseball, and there are a slew of high-profile players set to hit the market.
Gerrit Cole arguably is the biggest name out there (certainly the most notable pitcher), and he’s already made pretty clear he won’t be returning to the Houston Astros. Anthony Rendon also will become a free agent, and he certainly will have plenty of suitors trying to pry him away from the World Series champs. The list goes on and on.
This is a big offseason for the Red Sox, who have a handful of free agents. Boston just hired a new chief baseball officer in Chaim Bloom, who is tasked with keeping the team competitive whilst cutting some of its massive payroll.
Still, the oddsmakers suspect the Red Sox will be in on a few notable names this offseason. Here are some of the top free agents the Red Sox are among the betting favorites to sign, according to SportsBettingDime via NJ.com. (Outside of J.D. Martinez, who has five days to decide if he will opt out of his contract with the Red Sox, it’s all pitchers.)
J.D. Martinez (if he opts out)
Red Sox -500
Red Sox +900
Red Sox +800
Phillies and Cubs +900
Red Sox +1200