Boston Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski made what one competitor called a “ballsy” move by signing Mitch Moreland and declaring he’s out on Eric Hosmer, seemingly adding to the pressure to sign J.D. Martinez.
Although, while Martinez may be more likely, what the Moreland signing really did was make clear they would only sign one of the two between Martinez and Hosmer. Technically, there is no real reason they can’t sign Hosmer, and play Moreland and Hanley Ramirez at DH instead of first base.
In any case, Dombrowski appears to be in a stare-down with Scott Boras, the agent who reps both Hosmer and Martinez, and is looking for seven years for Martinez (and presumably more than that for Hosmer).
Perhaps, Dombrowski isn’t feeling that pressure, but the Red Sox are currently operating at a big power deficit, especially compared to their main rival the Yankees, who added NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to an already-powerful, fearsome lineup.
Dombrowski has signed several Boras clients before (i.e. Magglio Ordoñez, Pudge Rodriguez, Prince Fielder). But in most or all of those cases, Boras wound up working extensively with late Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, who had quite the rapport with Boras.
With Dombrowski in his third year in Boston, and having a long history with club owner John Henry, it’s uncertain whether ownership will get involved this time.