Red Sox looking to counter Yankees acquisition of Stanton

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017
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The New York Yankees shocked the baseball world when they acquired slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins earlier last week. The Yankees brain trust is hopeful the gamble that comes with extreme financial implications pays dividends in 2018 and beyond. One thing is for sure they fired the first offseason shot over the bow at the Red Sox, now how will they respond.

If the Red Sox want to remain the AL East favorite in the Online Sportsbook they need to counteract the Yankees move.  The Boston contingent has been rumoured to be pursuing both J.D Martinez and Eric Hosmer. Both players are free agents and poised to sign large offseason deals however they both can be difference makers with their offensive prowess. They would be huge additions to the Red Sox coupled with the likes of Mookie Betts and Xander Boegaerts. The Red Sox may look to unload Hanley Ramirez and his $22.7 million owing in 2018 to free up some free agent funds.

The Red Sox won the AL East last season by a slim two-game margin over the Wild-Card winning New York Yankees, however, struggled with the long ball in 2017. Boston ranked 27th in the league in home runs last season with 168 and will have to do significantly better to keep pace with the Yankees seeing Stanton and Aaron Judge combined slugged 111 round trippers.

The free agent signing frenzy has yet to hit high gear and nearly all the big name available players still remain unsigned as teams take a cautious approach to the offseason. Along with Hosmer and Martinez, the likes of Lorenzo Cain, Jake Arrieta, and Yu Darvish all remain available for anyone who will open up the purse strings for their services.

Boston undoubtedly has the advantage in the pitching department but will need to bolster the bats to remain a beast in the east. One thing is for sure, the Red Sox will not stand pat so look for them to make a big splash before it is all said and done.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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