Ten questions for the Red Sox heading into spring training:
1) Are the Red Sox done adding to the roster?
Since November, the Red Sox have been engaged in a slow dance with free agent J.D. Martinez and seem no closer to an agreement than they were when free agency first began back in the fall. That doesn’t mean a deal can’t get done, but the longer the stalemate goes – complete with reports that Martinez is “fed up’’ with the Red Sox unwillingness to improve their offer – the less likely it seems that a compromise can be made.
Then again, Martinez and more than a hundred other similarly unemployed players may have to settle for the best deals available in the coming weeks.
That could lead to some bargains being available. Putting Martinez aside for a moment, the price drops could enable the Sox to obtain some starting pitching depth, infield help and another lefty bullpen piece.
Mostly, though, the focus will be on adding thump to the lineup – either by signing Martinez or a less dynamic, but more affordable option.