The Red Sox won the East last season but was unfortunately knocked out by the Astros in the first round of the playoffs. But let’s not take away from the season they had, winning 93 games without big bat David Ortiz. It was the season of development, though in the best possible way and with satisfactory results. But knowing they need a big bat and having no movement this offseason, Dave Dombrowski has a few fans scratching their heads.
Keeping up with Our Rivals?
The rival Yankees made a big splash when they went and got NL homerun leader Giancarlo Stanton from the now Jeter-owned Marlins. The Yankees already made it to the ALCS without Stanton, so adding him to the line-up wasn’t going to hurt them one bit. After that blockbuster deal (a.k.a. episode of collusion), everyone was looking to see what the Red Sox were going to do since Dombrowski didn’t even TRY to change Stanton’s mind about Boston. Well, it was quiet on our front and that panicked a lot of Boston fans.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Dombrowski promised us that money wouldn’t be an issue when it came to signing a big bat this off-season. Many were nervous that maybe money wasn’t a factor because he’d be willing to give up a few players, not just cash. There were rumors of maybe signing free agents Eric Hosmer of the Royals or J.D. Martinez of the Diamondbacks. Then Dombrowski announced his goal to sign both, but we only recently heard about a five-year offer to Martinez. There was also a rumor about getting Machado from the Orioles, but I don’t think he would’ve been good in our clubhouse. He’s caused too many headaches for us already as an opponent.
With Spring training around the corner, fans have become disappointed in Dombrowski’s efforts to sign a big bat. The only thing he’s done is resign Mitch Moreland, which confused everyone who thought Hosmer was the off-season target. Oh yeah, and he signed two pitchers to one-year deals. Am I missing something? It’s near impossible considering the radio silence.