Major League Baseball’s hot stove reached one of its hottest points of the offseason Sunday with rumors swirling about the possible destinations of two of the league’s biggest offseasons names: Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani.
League insiders are speculating the likely destinations of Stanton and Ohtani, but unfortunately for Red Sox fans, Boston is not among the chosen few for either player.
Craig Mish, a sports radio host on Sirius XM broke the news Sunday that the Red Sox were “no longer in discussion for Giancarlo Stanton” and that they were considered a “longshot”. Mish went on to say that the the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants are preferred destinations for the slugger.
With the Miami Marlins under new ownership, the organization want to ship Stanton and his large contract off to make room for a necessary rebuild. Stanton won National League MVP this season after notching 59 homers and 132 runs batted in.
A few hours later Evan Drellich, a Red Sox reporter for NBC Sports Boston broke that Ohtani would not sign with the team. This did not come as shocking news however, as more and more teams were being denied by Ohtani throughout the day.
Ohtani also notably denied playoff teams like the New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the World Series Champions, Houston Astros. The Japanese star, who is pitted to be the next best two way player since Babe Ruth, reportedly prefers to play in a smaller market somewhere on the west coast.
Teams like the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres are rumored to be preferred destinations for Ohtani. His arrival in the league has been highly anticipated due to the fact he lit up the Japanese league as both a pitcher and a hitter. Ohtani can throw up to 100 mph and has hit 48 career home runs.
The fact that the Red Sox are all but out on the sweepstakes for both of these players is surely disappointing for fans.
Since Dave Dombrowski took over as President of Baseball Operations at 4 Yawkey Way, the Red Sox have had exciting offseasons that have seen major moves. In his first offseason he signed David Price to a seven year $217 million contract, which he followed up by trading for another ace in Chris Sale, a move which forced him to send their number one prospect Yoan Moncada to the White Sox.
With the two hottest names essentially off the table for the Red Sox, things are shaping up for a quiet offseason for the Red Sox. The only big names left that the team has been linked to are free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer and free agent right fielder J.D. Martinez.
Martinez would most likely be the best bet going forward for the Red Sox, as he would fill a power hitting gap that the team desperately needed and also missed out on by not getting Stanton. For both the Tigers and the Diamondbacks last season, Martinez batted .305, hitting 45 home runs with 104 RBI.
Dombrowski has made his name in the league for big moves, and has certainly done that for the Red Sox in his career in Boston so far. But as it stands, there will be no big offseason acquisition for the Red Sox, in a year where they desperately need one.