The only remaining question is this: how far will the Red Sox go behind the bat of J.D. Martinez? However, because the deal has yet to be finalized, the specifics surrounding such a pact have yet to come to light. And it comes courtesy of the Boston Red Sox. Earlier reports had Boston offering the prized free agent five years and around $100 million. They would finish 10th in runs scored, but 26th in team slugging percentage.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million deal with outfielder Jarrod Dyson. He reached base safely in 33 consecutive games from May 12-July 16, the longest such streak in the majors last season. He signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers before the start of the 2014 season.
Clearly, the Red Sox haven't had much luck signing free agents to big deals over the past few seasons.
Benoit is a right-hander who first got to the big leagues in 2001, when he pitched in one game as a starter. Benoit broke into the majors in 2001 and has gone 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves in 764 appearances, including 709 relief outings.
The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training.
Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances past year. Martinez's agent Scott Boras just negotiated a reported eight-year deal for Eric Hosmer with the Padres and apparently has worked another long-term lucrative deal for a client.
Dyson, who has the speed to play any of the outfield positions while also providing a strong, positive clubhouse presence, has a World Series championship ring from his Kansas City days. He hit 5 home runs with 30 RBI in 111 games with the Mariners.
As for the roster fit, the cramped left field dimensions at Fenway make for a nice way to hide Martinez's lack of range in the outfield.
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.