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Report: J.D. Martinez has five-year offer from Red Sox

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that J.D. Martinez has received a five-year offer from the Boston Red Sox and that Eric Hosmer has a seven-year offer from the San Diego Padres.

There are no numbers attached to these offers. That, the fact that neither of them has, signed yet, and the fact that both of these guys are represented by the same agent — Scott Boras — makes me suspect that the offers are low and that Boras is trying to drum up another bidder. Which is not to say that the offers don’t exist or anything. I suspect they do, as both the Red Sox and Padres have had longstanding reported interest in Martinez and Hosmer, respectively. I just find it interesting that they came out in the same report like this.

The Sox definitely need a middle-of-the-order bat like Martinez and, given that they recently signed Mitch Moreland to an extension, would seem like the best fit. The Padres have made no secret of their desire to make a big splash with someone like Hosmer, and current first baseman Wil Myers has said that he’d gladly move to the outfield to make room.

No deals sound close, but perhaps these reports — even if it’s just posturing in the media — are the beginning of a free agent market thaw.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.