A near certainty that Boston Red Sox add one of these 3 MLB stars

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 09: J.D. Martinez
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 09: J.D. Martinez /

The Boston Red Sox are going to add an MLB superstar this offseason, it’s just a matter of figuring out which one it will be.

J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, or Giancarlo Stanton will be holding a press conference as their introduced as a member of the Boston Red Sox this December. One of those three will be the next Fenway Park superstar to take the field.

Right now, the only question that seems to remain is which of those three will don the classic Red Sox jersey on Opening Day on March 29, 2018.

According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, it’s a near certainty that one of these players ends up in Boston.

"“It is almost a lock-solid certainty that at least one of the top names in this offseason’s rumor mill — J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Giancarlo Stanton — will be holding a Red Sox press conference in December.”"

Martinez and Hosmer are free agents this offseason, and they’re free to sign with any team, but Stanton is on the trade block for the Miami Marlins. The Red Sox are in on Stanton along with the Cardinals, Giants, and Phillies for his talents so far, but expect even more teams to add themselves to the mix soon.

Boston would, of course, have to shuffle their roster around no matter which slugger is added. If it’s J.D. Martinez through free agency, Boston could opt to have him DH and move Hanley Ramirez back to first base. If the Red Sox want Hanley to DH still, they could look to trade Jackie Bradley Jr. and re-sign Mitch Moreland or another first baseman.

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Things are a little simpler if Eric Hosmer is the big bat added to Boston’s lineup. The rest of the lineup would be able to stay intact, while Hosmer simply replaces Moreland defensively. Things would get crazy if a trade is made for Giancarlo Stanton though. That trade would likely involve Jackie Bradley Jr., and it could also include Xander Bogaerts and a number of young prospects. Stanton would be under team control until 2020, at which time he has a player option in his contract.

For comparison, here’s a look at the offensive numbers from 2017 for all three sluggers.

Stanton: .281 BA, 59 HR, 132 RBI, 1.007 OPS

Martinez: .303 BA, 45 HR, 104 RBI, 1.066 OPS

Hosmer: .318 BA, 25 HR, 94 RBI, .882 OPS

Next: Trade destinations for Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Boston Red Sox are clearly all in on making a run at a 2018 World Series title, and Dave Dombrowski is going to do whatever it takes to get new talent to Boston. With Chris Sale, David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Mookie Betts and others all returning, it’s sure to be a fun season no matter who is added. For now, just enjoy the “hot stove” that is the offseason this winter, and watch as the Red Sox become the World Series favorites soon.