The Red Sox and Scott Boras remain in a staring contest over the free agent slugger. We will say this: Failure to sign Martinez won’t be the end of the world for the Red Sox. They got by in the last two seasons without him, and there’s cautious optimism that with clean bills of health, players like Mitch Moreland, Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts can generate more power in 2018.
Martinez is absolutely perfect for this Red Sox lineup. He’s a legitimate elite slugger. Only six players in baseball have posted a higher three-year OPS since the start of 2015, and one of those players is David Ortiz. The flyball-generating, pull-happy Martinez would thrive at Fenway Park. Whether the two sides strike a deal remains to be seen, but it certainly makes sense for both parties.
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