Breaking: JD Martinez and Red Sox are moving close to a deal. not done yet. details not known yet.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 19, 2018
The most obvious fit of the offseason is finally happening. The Red Sox desperately need power in their lineup, and assuming the two sides make this official, Boston’s offense will be much better than it was last year.
Prior to adding Martinez, what do the projections say about the Red Sox? Fangraphs pegged Boston for 92 wins, a higher forecast than the Yankees 90. That’ll change once they update the depth charts page. Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA standings have the Yankees far ahead of Boston before this free agent addition, at 97 wins to 88. That gap will close a bit once that’s updated.
Either way, the division race just got a lot more interesting. Martinez is going to feast at Fenway Park.