Despite the indisputable need for a big power bat in their lineup, one source reports that the Red Sox are out of contention to land Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Sox "are no longer in discussion(s)" for the Miami slugger.
Boston has been linked to trade discussions ever since Stanton became available. However, recent weeks have tempered fan's excitement as more baseball insiders chimed in.
Just this past Tuesday, one baseball source with knowledge of the Red Sox' thinking called them "an extreme long shot". Miami is looking for a haul of prospects and wants their trading partner to take on a large chunk of his massive contract.
It is now believed that Stanton could be heading to the Giants or Cardinals, while the Dodgers lurk in the shadows as another possible destination.
BOSTON - Mookie Betts hit his major-league leading 17th home run, J.D. Martinez slugged his 16th homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Friday night hours after a surprising roster shakeup.
Boston got its fifth win in six games shortly after announcing it had designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. The move freed up a roster spot for Dustin Pedroia to be activated from the DL, and also created the chance for regular playing time at first base for Mitch Moreland, who had a solo homer in the eighth.
The Red Sox fared fine without Ramirez, the struggling slugger they signed to an $88 million, four-year deal before the 2015 season. Xander Bogaerts also had a solo homer as Boston converted big time on its seven hits.
Eduardo Rodriguez struggled early but managed to hold Atlanta to just a pair of runs on six hits with three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Rodriguez (5-1) struck out seven despite his early control issues and walked three.
Nick Markakis hit a two-run double for the Braves, who have lost three of four. Julio Teheran (4-2) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out four.
Martinez pulled Boston within 2-1 with a leadoff homer in fourth on a line drive that clipped the top of the Green Monster. Bogaerts tied it two batters later on a solo shot that left the ballpark entirely.
Boston took its first lead in the fifth when Jackie Bradley Jr. tripled to center with one out and scored on Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly.
Rodriguez appeared headed for a short night when he allowed two or more baserunners in each of the first three innings. Atlanta scored twice in the third when Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman started the inning with back-to-back singles and Markakis drove in both with a double to left.
Betts' and Moreland's homers came off of reliever Matt Wisler.
Dave Dombrowski said the Red Sox were prepared to make another move - and not designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment - before manager Alex Cora recommended parting ways with Ramirez.
Dombrowski, the Sox president of baseball operations, said Cora wanted to give first baseman Mitch Moreland more playing time and Ramirez wouldn't be able to handle coming off the bench.
Dombrowski spoke to reporters at Fenway Park Friday afternoon after the Sox DFA’d Ramirez earlier in the day to make room for the return of second baseman Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list.
More on the Ramirez move here and from NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich.