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Heyman | What does Moreland signing mean for Red Sox plans?

Jon Heyman

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Dec 6, 2016; National Harbor, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox president of baseball operation Dave Dombrowski speaks with the media after the Red Sox made a trade for pitcher Chris Sale (not pictured) at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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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. 

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Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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