Report: The Dodgers Showing Interest in J.D. Martinez Before Deadline Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Boston
If the Boston Red Sox decides to sell the MLB by the trade deadline, they could receive a call from one of the league’s most aggressive buyers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are “kicking the tires” on several right-handed hitters, one of which is Red Sox designated hitter JD Martinez, radio host David Wasseg reported on AM570’s “Dodger Talk” this week. ,Hat tip to DodgersNation.com.,
ESPN’s Buster Olney recently reported that the Red Sox have made Martinez available in the trade discussion, and the Dodgers make sense as a potential landing spot, especially now that the National League has established a designated hitter rule. While the NL West-leading Dodgers already boast a loaded lineup, adding a professional hitter like Martinez would boost their World Series chances.
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Martinez, who was in his fifth career All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium earlier this month, is batting .295 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs for the Red Sox.
The 34-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this off-season and almost certainly won’t re-sign with Boston, so it makes sense for Chaim Bloom & Co. to try to get some assets in exchange for the veteran slugger. . The Athletic’s Jane McCaffrey outlined what the Red Sox could ask for in a Martinez deal.
“Last year, the Red Sox traded number 25 prospect Aldo Ramirez for Schwarber,” McCaffrey wrote, “so the Red Sox will likely be looking for at least a Top 20 prospect or two in exchange for Martinez.”
The Dodgers have two prospects on MLB.com’s Top 100 list: catcher Diego Cartaya (No. 12) and right-handed pitcher Bobby Miller (No. 25). The MLB trade deadline is August 2 at 6 p.m. ET.