Peter Gammons spoke to Jonny Gomes:
I wonder how Gomes felt about a union defense when he was suspended in 2008 for jumping on Coco Crisp during a benches-clearing brawl, threw several haymakers and ended up getting suspended for five games? I wonder if Coco Crisp offered his opinions about his union dues being used to defend Gomes. I also wonder if Gomes thought about his union when he signed any of the four free agent contracts he has entered into in his career.
Your union is your union, Jonny. You’re in it for everything it entails, not just the stuff that benefits you. Of course, even if you hate A-Rod and his cheating, if his defense creates some precedent which keeps the league from, say, suspending you for 50 games the next time you jump on a pile, he is doing you a bit of a solid, OK?
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.