The Boston Red Sox may need to find a replacement for JD Martinez sooner rather than later, as universal DH could double his market.
Martinez turned down this season, but instead decided to stay with the Boston Red Sox for at least another season.
That could be a boon for Boston and Chaim Bloom, as they don’t necessarily have a backup plan at the designated hitter. Our friends at BoSox Injection seem pretty pessimistic about the idea of bringing Martinez back after his success in 2023, as he’ll have plenty of options on the open market. If the universal DH doesn’t come through, chances are Martinez will be put in a freelance agency corner with few suitors.
Now, his ability to hit all areas and generate solid power stats is perfectly suited to any squad, even at his advanced age. Look no further than Nelson Cruz.
“I hate to say, universal DH means the end of JD Martinez with the Red Sox. I will always be grateful for what he did during his time with the club but I also can’t be mad at him for finding his value with a whole new market ahead of him. I also know I might be taking a bad look at something that may not be happening but as a multi-generational Red Sox fan I always hope for the best but plan for it. the worst thing, ” BoSox Injection expert Brendan Mizgala wrote.
Who should replace JD Martinez in Boston? Let’s start with the obvious
Kyle Schwarber is the most obvious fit for the Red Sox, as he spent the end of the season in Boston and played a key role in their playoffs. He’s a trade-designated hitter at this point in his career and a significant payday is approaching. Schwarber had 32 home runs and scored 0.928 OPS in 113 games last season.
According to the latest reports, Schwarber is asking somewhere between $20 million per year and a middleweight contract lasts about three seasons. It’s not asking for too much, but the price for Schwarber’s services most likely increased due to universal DH. Suddenly, Schwarber could play anywhere, instead of being seen as a lucrative position in the National League.
Schwarber is left-handed, while the Red Sox could actually use more right-handed players after eliminating Hunter Renfroe. Chaim Bloom even admits that:
“Obviously swapping Hunter for Jackie would slightly change our team’s abilities. So maybe the dial moves a bit more towards the right-handed bat, where before it might be towards the left-handed bat.” Bloom said. “But there are different ways it can combine with the flexibility and flexibility that we have. So we will continue to find ways to add. ”
However, Schwarber is a different commodity. The kind of strength he brings on a regular basis is not renewable and he will slide right into the Red Sox lineup when Martinez leaves.
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