The Boston Red Sox were pretty quiet at the winter meetings, but something might be cooking behind the scenes.
Boston is reportedly engaged in talks with outfielder J.D. Martinez and first baseman Eric Hosmer - the two most prominent free-agent bats on the open market - and the team reportedly wants to sign both players, a source told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald.
Martinez and Hosmer share an agent in Scott Boras, who is trying to land megadeals for both men this offseason. It's believed that both players' price tags could be within the $200-million range; Martinez is reportedly asking for a seven-year, $210-million contract.
At the beginning of the offseason, a report suggested the Red Sox would chase Hosmer, a multiple Gold Glove winner who could take over at first base for Mitch Moreland. While Martinez and the Red Sox reportedly met this week in Orlando, there was no indication the club had engaged in any dialogue with Hosmer until Thursday.
The San Diego Padres were reported earlier Thursday to have emerged as the clear favorites to land Hosmer. In the Martinez sweepstakes, Boston likely faces competition from the Arizona Diamondbacks, who wish to retain the 30-year-old after trading for him in July. San Francisco and Toronto may also have some level of interest in Martinez.
Signing Hosmer would cost the Red Sox draft-pick compensation after he rejected a qualifying offer from the Kansas City Royals. There's no compensation attached to signing Martinez, since he was ineligible for a qualifying offer thanks to the midseason trade.