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Reports: Stanton headed to Yankees

Reports: Stanton headed to Yankees

Derek Jeter continues to hurt the Red Sox.

The Yankees legend - now CEO and part owner of the Miami Marlins - has swung a deal to send National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to Boston's arch-rival, according to multiple reports.

Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com and the MLB Network was first to report that the Marlins have agreed to a deal that would send Stanton to the Yankees, giving them a powerful middle of the lineup combination of the 28-year-old Stanton (N.L.-leading 59 homers last season), 25-year-old A.L. rookie of the year Aaron Judge (A.L.-leading 52 homers) and 25-year-old All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez (33 HRs). 

The trade is still pending Stanton’s approval, as he has a no-trade clause. Stanton in the past few days has vetoed deals with the Giants and Cardinals and told the Marlins he would only approve trades to the Yankees, Dodgers, Astros or Cubs.

Heyman reports that Stanton is en route to New York for a physical, so it sounds as if the top prize of the offseason approves of the deal.

Second baseman Starlin Castro is reportedly the only major leaguer going from New York to Miami in the deal. Miami also gets prospects Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers (cousin of Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers) in the trade, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Marlins will also send $30 million to the Yankees. There are 10 years and $295 million remaining on Stanton's contract. He can opt out after the 2020 season.

The Red Sox apparently were never really in the running for Stanton. Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski's search for a power bat will continue at the Winter Meetings, which begin Sunday in Orlando. 

 


 

Delay in J.D. Martinez's introduction suggests complication in medical review

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Delay in J.D. Martinez's introduction suggests complication in medical review

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- They’re leaving us to speculate now.

Sox manager Alex Cora said essentially nothing Friday about J.D. Martinez’s unfinished contract, a five-year, $110 million pact that was in the medical-review process. 

“I’m not concerned. I’m not concerned. I’m just  -- the thing I can do is do my thing,” Cora said Friday. “My job here is to show up every day and get ‘em ready.”

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Cora’s statement that he is not concerned appeared less an assessment of Martinez's direct situation and more a reinforcement of Cora’s larger point: He is not going to publicly engage the topic as the field manager.

Cora said he was unsure if Martinez was still in Fort Myers. Here's guessing Cora really does know. But, this is traditionally a front-office matter. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and Martinez’s agent, Scott Boras, both have made comments about the process this week. Not on Friday, however. On Friday, they went silent. 

So let’s consider what we know, and what it could mean.

Multiple times this week, the media waited at JetBlue Park because there was a belief a press conference was imminent. Terms were agreed to Monday. We’re about to enter Saturday without a press conference. We know for a fact the Sox and Martinez were still going through the medical process as of Thursday.

Added up, everything is highly suggestive of some sort of complication during J.D. Martinez’s medical review. What is impossible to know is the impact of any potential complication. 

The original agreement could go through completely and totally untouched. A contract could be revised in a slight way or a larger way. Other doctor visits could be arranged, and indeed, probably have been. 

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A complication does not mean a contract will fall apart. That would be a wildly unexpected scenario. 

Rather, it could mean the sides once again dig in. The Red Sox have doctors, and so too does Boras. Sometimes, there are differing medical opinions.

And it would be strange if there wasn't some medical concern.

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Scheduling or a similar matter may have contributed in slowing down this process. But by now, with a nine-figure investment at stake -- plus the involvement of top doctors and a major league baseball team -- it’s hard to imagine what logistical issue could exist. They have email for records, they have planes for visits.

Everyone else has little in the way of answers.

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Marco Hernandez returns to Boston after setback with shoulder

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Marco Hernandez returns to Boston after setback with shoulder

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox’ infield depth was tested mightily in 2017. The group is already seeing some attrition in 2018.

Marco Hernandez, who appeared in the mix at second base (at least up until the recent signing of Eduardo Nunez), returned to Boston because his surgically repaired left shoulder, his non-throwing shoulder, was bothering him. 

On May 26, Hernandez's season was cut short when he had an open stabilization (Latarjet) procedure, which is intended to prevent the shoulder from dislocating. Part of the procedure included the insertion of foreign materials — hardware, as Cora referred to it on Friday — and at least some of that has now been removed.

“He was feeling discomfort in his shoulder,” manager Alex Cora said Friday morning. "Flew him to Boston, at the end, they took out the hardware off of it. It seems like… it was creating the discomfort. Obviously, everything went well. Can’t give you a time when he’s coming back.”

Hernandez’s recovery will be dependent on how he’s feeling. 

“There’s guys that come out right away and they can go and there’s people who will still feel it and it’s a longer process,” Cora said. “Hopefully he can come back sooner rather than later. He was feeling it and at the end, they checked everything and it was the hardware that they have there. He’ll be fine.”

Hernandez, 25, is entering his third major league season. In 116 plate appearances, he has a .284 average. He's a left-handed hitter and looked particularly impressive last spring training.

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