I’m a lot more sympathetic to the Miami Marlins fans out there than I am to the players who got traded — hey, that’s baseball, even if it’s unexpected in the case of the Marlins-Blue Jays trade. But it’s not as if the players don’t have some amount of hardship here too. JJ Stankevitz of CSNChicago.com flags one:
From a personal standpoint, there’s already one problem with Buehrle being shipped to Toronto … Ontario doesn’t allow pit bulls, and Buehrle and his family own a two-year-old of which they’re fond. There was an easy solution to getting around the Dade County (where Miami is located) ban on pit bulls — move to Broward county, just north of Miami.
I’m sure he’ll figure out what to do with the dog. And the higher tax bracket and all of that. But it is the kind of annoyance that players don’t like to deal with. And don’t think they have to deal with less than a year after signing a long-term deal someplace.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.