A short while ago, the Boston Red Sox reported to Spring Training without a slugger to match the likes of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in New York.
Then free agent J.D. Martinez finally caved and agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal. It certainly added to their payroll, but now the Red Sox feel that not even their divisional and century-old rival New York Yankees can hang with them, or at least Hanley Ramirez thinks so.
Hanley Ramirez on the addition of JD Martinez: “Now we’re going to step on everybody’s neck.”— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) February 26, 2018
Woah, now that's a pretty bold statement for a Monday during Spring Training.
You have to appreciate the confidence entering the year, but let's just pump the brakes a little bit, because J.D. Martinez was third in home runs last season, and the only two people to hit more than him have joined forces on a team just 215 miles away.
While the Red Sox may have superior pitching and a better starting rotation, winning a title will be no walk in the park, and their window of opportunity is small.