Could the Red Sox replace JD Martinez with a veteran partner?
Jon Heyman of The New York Post jumped on the idea after Martinez left Boston in free agency to reportedly sign a one-year deal with the Dodgers. Martinez’s new deal could mark the end of the road in Los Angeles for Justin Turner, who has been with the organization since 2014 and turned 38 last month. Heyman said Saturday that the Dodgers haven’t given up on Turner for good, but if he ends up having to find a new home, maybe The Red Sox could provide that.
“Dodgers haven’t ruled out Justin Turner even with JD Martinez,” Heyman tweeted. “Other possibilities for Turner include the D-Backs, Marlins. Or could the Red Sox trade JD for JT?”
Turner was an All-Star back in 2021 and appears to have enough left in the tank to be an impact member of an MLB team. Furthermore, Boston could use a powerful bat as well as a veteran presence in the clubhouse. Turner can provide both of those services for less than a reasonable price in his 15th big league season.
That said, Chaim Bloom and company may prefer to move the platoon closer to the designated hitter spot after Martinez has owned it for five seasons in Boston.