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BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: Best to use David Price out of the bullpen?

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BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: Best to use David Price out of the bullpen?

0:14 - Evan Drellich, Lou Merloni, and Rich Keefe debate if it is best to use David Price out of the bullpen for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs.

5:17 - The guys discuss how it seems like Corey Kluber has now overtaken Chris Sale as the leader in the A.L. Cy Young race.

10:12 - The Indians 22-game winning streak has ended. But does that mean Cleveland peaked too soon? Will it translate to the playoffs?

14:21 - Drellich, Merloni, and Keefe talk about how far into the playoffs the Red Sox will have to go for John Farrell's job as manager will be safe.

Twitter reacts to Red Sox signing J.D. Martinez

Twitter reacts to Red Sox signing J.D. Martinez

Here's how Twitter reacted to the Boston Red Sox finally signing J.D. Martinez. The slugger agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal, according to multiple reports.

As you could imagine, the reaction on social media was somewhat tumultuous among Sox fans.

Source: Red Sox sign J.D. Martinez

Source: Red Sox sign J.D. Martinez

UPDATE: J.D. Martinez has signed with the Red Sox, as first reported by ESPN's Pedro Gomez and confirmed by an NBC Sports Boston source.

More details as they come available...

ORIGINAL STORY: FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox and J.D. Martinez were nearing a deal on Monday evening, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston.

Multiple sources earlier Monday said the Sox and Martinez were in active negotiation. The industry belief has long been that the Sox are Martinez's most logical landing spot.

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“Other than to say we remain interested, do not have anything else to add,” Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said by email Monday afternoon.

The Red Sox braintrust was together Monday morning and midday at JetBlue Park, with both principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner on hand.

Werner in January confirmed the Sox were in active negotiations with Martinez. On Monday, he deferred questions to Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. 

“I think you should talk to Dave about that,” Werner said. “Obviously there’s no news, but I think you should ask Dave that question."

Werner and Henry both said they were bullish on the Sox if they do not sign Martinez. Werner was asked whether the Sox have an obligation to improve last year’s team with outside help. Without Martinez, the team is virtually identical.

“We have an obligation to try to win the World Series every year,” Werner said. “Sometimes you go in one direction, sometimes you go in another direction. We’re not ceding first place to anybody. Obviously, we have to be better in the playoffs. As John said, we think our approach is better this year and we think we’re going to have if not the highest payroll in baseball, one of the two or three highest payrolls in baseball. We have a great general manager and a great team to figure out how to deploy it and we certainly feel like we’re moving forward.”

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