Red Sox

McAdam: Sam Kennedy warns that retaining both Betts and Martinez ‘will be difficult’

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The Red Sox' search for a new top baseball executive is in its early stages. No interviews have been conducted, and, in fact, no candidates have been contacted.

But on Monday, the day after the Red Sox finished the 2019 season with a mere 84 wins and a third-place finish, there came a tough realization.

Some difficult decisions lie ahead and some may need to be made even before the new executive is hired.

Two such calls involve the future of J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts.

Martinez has an opt-out in his current contract which he must act upon five days after the World Series. Betts, meanwhile, remains under the Red Sox' control for one more season.

But against the backdrop of ownership's recent admission that the "goal'' is to be under the first competitive balance tax threshold (CBT) of $208 million in 2020, it simply may not be feasible to retain both.