Giancarlo Stanton going to the Yankees was a punch in the gut to all of the American League, but it was especially impactful on the Red Sox. However, as hard as it may have been to swallow the massive blockbuster deal, Boston general manager Dave Dombroski is aiming higher rather than wallowing in self-pity.
According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox are looking to sign both free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Dombrowski commented on the possibility of such a move Monday, but said it may be impossible to pull off.
"I don't know where we'd play those two bats,” Dombrowski told reporters. “I'm trying to figure that one out. But I would say we'd be more limited to probably one bat. I can't say that — I guess if we went for a platoon-type guy or something somewhere else, but I don't really know where that second bat would play. Middle-of-the-order type. I mean you can get a better offense, but a middle-of-the-order type bat."
Then when asked again Thursday about the possibility, Dombrowski did not deny he was trying to make this move.
“No, would not comment on any free agents discussions,” the Red Sox' general manager wrote in a text.
Signing both Martinez and Hosmer would cost an arm and a leg and possibly north of $300 million, but the Red Sox and Yankees often make moves to counter the other and this would certainly be a solid counterpunch.