Forget about the Jose Abreu rumors for now. The debate surrounding Abreu versus Carlos Santana (cough and JBJ cough) is a good one, but ideally it’s not Plan A for the Boston Red Sox. Plan A (maybe?) should’ve been Giancarlo Stanton, but we now have confirmation that the Sox are out of the sweepstakes. Apparently we were considered long shots all along.
Source : Red Sox no longer in discussion for Giancarlo Stanton.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) December 3, 2017
Were considered longshot.
With Stanton off the table it’s not time to worry about Abreu versus Santana (and JBJ!) yet. The priority right now has to be J.D. Martinez. A lot of smart people believe he should’ve been the priority all along. While his name doesn’t carry the same weight as Stanton’s, he’s been extremely close to his production level recently.
Last year Martinez (JDM) hit a whopping 45 homers in 119 (!!!) games. He maybe could’ve reached Stanton’s total of 59 had he stayed healthy. Now one could argue that this was just a career year, and it likely was, but even if he somewhat regresses then Martinez would be a great signing. You almost expect him to regress in the HR department anyways. Other concerns are his poor defense and injury history. Ideally he becomes our DH and Hanley can play first. Or, you trade JBJ for Abreu (which makes more sense with JDM on board), Martinez plays left, Benny moves to center, and Hanley stays at DH.
As for his rate stats, Martinez slashed .303/.376/.690 compared to Stanton's .281/.376/.631. Take another look at that. Martinez blew Stanton's slugging percentage out of the water last year. At this point signing JDM is a no-brainer. The Red Sox ranked last in the American League in home runs per game in 2017. We didn't even have a player hit 25 homers. We need power and Stanton isn't walking through that door. So when you think about it there's real pressure on Dealin' Dave to bring Martinez to Boston now.
Plus he wouldn’t cost any prospects and we won’t be tied to a 10 year, $295 million contract. Personally I’d still prefer Stanton (you’re paying for more than just his production, you’re paying for how he makes everyone around him better, how he instantly strikes fear in opposing pitchers, and how much sex appeal bringing on a stud like him would have). But the Stanton ship has sailed. We're on to JDM.