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J.D. Martinez ‘fed up’ with Red Sox, could sit out beginning of season


Baseball wise, J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox are a perfect match. The Sox could use some DH power and Martinez would likely rake in Fenway Park. Business-wise, though, the Sox and Martinez have not been able to match up.

The Red Sox reportedly offered Martinez $100 million over five years, but no one has confirmed that. Obviously, however, they have not offered enough to inspire Martinez to sign. In the meantime, GM Dave Dombrowski has made statements about how little the Red Sox need Martinez while Martinez has seethed. Last month his agent, Scott Boras, suggested that Martinez may even sit out the beginning of the season. He’s still considering it.

Last night Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston spoke to agent Boras and Boras repeated that his client is willing to wait until after the start of Spring Training to sign a contract. At the same time Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Martinez has become “fed up” with the lack of flexibility on Boston’s part and may prefer playing elsewhere.

The posturing is not shocking — the Red Sox and Martinez should each try to get the best deal they can and playing coy or angry or what have you is often the best way to do that. Given all that has happened — or hasn’t happened — this offseason, of course, it’s hard not to read more than posturing into all of this.

All of this seems like a mess right now. Once the season starts, however, I can’t help but think that a lot of teams are going to have a lot of unfilled needs and a lot of fans are going to wonder why they didn’t address them in the offseason.

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.