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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Based on age (30) and numbers, J.D. Martinez will get bigger deal than Yoenis Cespedes (4 yrs./$110M at age 31 last year from Mets) and Justin Upton (5 yrs./$106M at age 30 last month from Angels). But how much bigger? Scott Boras, believed to be seeking seven years, will point to Martinez and Mike Trout as only players since 2014 to hit .300 or better with at least 125 HR, 350 RBIs and 140 OPS+ as reason Martinez should get at least $28 million per year.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox liked Carlos Santana's combination of on-base skills, pop and leadership qualities. They just didn't value the package as much as the Phillies, who can point to Santana as a winning player in future attempts to lure veterans as part of their rebuild. Santana isn't a true middle-of-the-order thumper, but Sox hopeful his signing helps spur movement in the markets for J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer.

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3dJerry Crasnick

Will winter meetings sparks finally light the hot stove fire?

The Marlins' salary dump continued, and critics took turns bashing them. A group of relievers cashed in. And, well, the rest of this week was more of a fact-finding mission than a splash of activity. Big moves are coming, it's just a matter of when.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski on how long Red Sox can wait for their top choice before making a move for a hitter: "Every time we have a meeting we talk about it. Some players are going to start signing pretty soon, and some players that we have interest in will start signing pretty soon. And if you wait, you lose some players that you may have interest in."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Eduardo Nunez is "still on our radar," according to Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski. Playing time could be a problem. Red Sox unable to guarantee Nunez everyday at-bats once Dustin Pedroia returns.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have "talked in generalities" but not yet made any actual offers to free agents, according to president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski. Like many teams, Sox are waiting for the free-agent hitting market to start moving. Maybe the Marcell Ozuna trade gets it started?

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox spoke to the Marlins about Marcell Ozuna, but Dave Dombrowski said it always seemed like a "long shot" that they would be able to trade for him because they lack the upper-level pitching in the minors that the Cardinals were able to offer. If the Sox had gotten Ozuna, they would've rotated him and others through the DH spot rather than subtracting an outfielder.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Indians Manager Terry Francona on what advice he would give newly minted Red Sox Manager Alex Cora: "I don't think guys need advice. There's a reason someone hired them. They felt like he was ready. Part of the fun of this game is you do things how you want to do it."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on J.D. Martinez: "I don't think I've seen a more passionate, smarter hitter walk through his day-to-day activities. He studies, he watches as much video as I've ever seen." Arizona is hoping to re-sign Martinez but faces stiff competition. Red Sox interested, too.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Boras says Red Sox haven't given him any indication that they're making Jackie Bradley Jr. available in potential trades.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

The baseball writers' choices for the Hall of Fame are due 12/31 & the results announcement is 1/24, but the people's choices re: Barry Bonds & Roger Clemens are in, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll, released Tue. & 49% said no to the duo, 35% yes & 16% didn't know or had no opinion. 62% said they agree with HoFer Joe Morgan that players with a history of PEDs use don't belong in the HoF & 26% disagreed.

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6dScott Lauber

Source: J.D. Martinez to meet with Red Sox

Free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez is headed to the winter meetings, where he is expected to meet with the Boston Red Sox and other potential teams. The Red Sox need power, and Martinez may be their top choice.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Cora reiterated that he will consider using Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning if it's a higher-leverage situation than the ninth. Also, Cora won't prioritize alternating lefties and righties in lineup, citing Astros' production with five righties atop the lineup.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In addition to participating in Red Sox's internal meetings, Alex Cora has called some players as part of the recruiting process. "If they want me to jump on a plane somewhere, I'm ready," said Cora, who added he was close to flying to Los Angeles if Shohei Ohtani had wanted to meet with the Red Sox.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski won't say whether the Red Sox will meet with J.D. Martinez here Tuesday night, but Alex Cora is meeting with the media at the winter meetings.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was asked whether he expects to have Jose Abreu on his roster. As you'd expect, he deftly sidestepping the inquiry, "Right now, Jose Abreu is a White Sox. He's our first baseman."

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6dDan Szymborski

Teams that need to go for it in 2018

The Cardinals, Red Sox and Giants are among the clubs that need to be all-in next season. What big moves can win-now teams make to paint themselves into the playoff picture?

Enrique Rojas ESPNdeportes 

El mayor atractivo de la jornada del martes en las Reuniones Invernales del béisbol en Disney serán las apariciones ante la prensa nacional de los nuevos managers Aaron Boone, de New York Yankees; Mickey Callaway, de New York Mets; Alex Cora, de Boston Red Sox, y Gabe Kapler, de Philadelphia Phillies. También hablarán hoy los últimos ganadores de la Serie Mundial, Joe Maddon, de Chicago Cubs, y AJ Hinch, de Houston Astros. #WinterMeetings

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7dScott Lauber

Red Sox still searching for middle-of-lineup bat

Giancarlo Stanton wasn't a match for the Red Sox, but they weren't thrilled to have him go to the Yankees, especially as they're still searching for a big bat in the middle of the lineup. J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer are still out there.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski: Red Sox circled back to Marlins GM Michael Hill about Giancarlo Stanton last week, at which Miami was already engaged with the Yankees. Sox believed Marlins' initial asking price last month was too high. Dombrowski denies that he told Stanton's agents that pitching was Sox's top priority.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25813th
On Base Percentage.32911th
Slugging Percentage.40726th
Earned Run Average3.704th
Quality Starts882nd