Bob Nightengale of USA Today has reported that J.D. Martinez has received a five-year offer from the Boston Red Sox. First off, are we really surprised?

Let’s break down the strategy involved with this offer.

There is none.

The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and a few other super powers don’t particularly need to evaluate the X’s and O’s when it comes to putting together a team. There is a concept of position of need. Then, there is a concept of luxury.

If Martinez decides to sign with the Red Sox, this would be a luxury signing for Boston. The Red Sox are stacked in almost every department, and would likely have to do nothing more than some minor shuffling in the outfield if they do land the 30 year old slugger. In this case, adding a strong bat simply means making one of the best teams on paper even better.

Let’s just say that if JD ends up in a Red Sox uniform, this will turn out to be nothing more than a typical Red Sox offseason. We expect the team to be even better, but there is always that chance that there is an over-saturation of elite talent. There’s not much to analyze.

Money talks, and the Red Sox have a lot of it.


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