Red Sox sign JD Martinez - Projected Boston batting lineup

Red Sox sign JD Martinez - Projected Boston batting lineup

With a lot of talent around the diamond, the Red Sox lacked power in 2017.

During the offseason, Martinez and the Red Sox seemed close to a deal many times but couldn't come to the terms both sides wanted. Despite winning the AL East previous year, the Red Sox hit the fewest home runs in the American League last season. Being a free agent for more than 100 days didn't prevent Hosmer from getting an eight-year, $144 million deal from the San Diego Padres.

Also on Monday, the D-backs signed centerfielder Jarrod Dyson to a two-year contract reportedly worth $7.5 million.

Put his right-handed thump in Fenway for half a season and then let him play an unbalanced schedule in the generally hitter-friendly ballparks of the AL East, and Martinez - given health - is a threat to top 50 homers in 2018. The Red Sox also scored 93 fewe runs in 2017 than the year prior. Only the Braves, Pirates and Giants had fewer round trippers than Boston last season. In 119 games split with Detroit and Arizona last season, he hit a career best 45 home runs and 145 RBI. Martinez tied a major league record by hitting 16 home runs in September alone, batting.404 during that stretch. Sock, the highest-ranked American at No. 8, is attempting to become the first player to win consecutive titles at Delray since the tournament moved from Coral Springs, Fla., in 1999.

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Martinez should slot in nicely as the team's cleanup hitter.

A marriage between Martinez and Boston makes all the sense in the world. "I know there have been some comments that I respect that we didn't have the most popular team, but when I look at (Andrew) Benintendi and Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers and Bogaerts and Bradley, I see energized, young, exciting players".

The Red Sox are holding their first full-squad workouts in Fort Myers on Monday, and most people have settled on the idea that the team will be bringing back essentially the same exact roster from previous year.

As for the Red Sox' lineup, they believe the power is there, as long as the approach at the plate changes, which they believe will with the new coaching staff in place.

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