This offseason is not off to a good start for the Boston Red Sox. Not only have they failed to re-sign Xander Bogaerts, but they also haven't made much of a dent in filling the numerous holes on their roster.
One of those openings is at designated hitter, as J.D. Martinez is currently a free agent. Boston was hoping to replace Martinez with Jose Abreu, but Abreu signed with the Houston Astros instead.
With Abreu off the board, the Red Sox must pivot to other options. Here are three free agents Boston should consider signing after missing out on the former AL MVP.
Boston Red Sox Free Agency
3. J.D. Martinez, DH
Martinez is coming off a highly successful five-year run in Boston in which he made four All-Star appearances and helped the team win a World Series. While the veteran slugger struggled with his power stroke in 2022, he still socked 43 doubles and posted a solid .790 OPS. The 35-year-old right-hander is a good fit for Fenway and has proven he can handle the intensity of playing for the Red Sox, which isn't easy for some players. If the team can bring him back on an affordable short-term deal for one or two years, why not?
2. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
Gurriel was essentially replaced by Abreu in Houston and could be more open to signing elsewhere now. His offense cratered during the regular season but bounced back in the playoffs, suggesting the 38-year-old still has something left in the tank. Unlike Martinez, he offers some versatility with his ability to play multiple infield positions, which the Red Sox love. He also has a connection to manager Alex Cora, who was his bench coach with the Astros in 2017.
1. Josh Bell, 1B
With Abreu and Anthony Rizzo gone, Bell is the top remaining free agent at first base / designated hitter. Bell has already topped 25 home run three times and is coming off a strong 2022 in which he earned his first career Silver Slugger award after batting .266/.362/.422 with 17 home runs and 71 RBIs. He's still relatively young for a free agent at age 30 and can switch hit, which makes him even more valuable. The former All-Star will require a significant financial commitment, but he could be a force in Boston's lineup for years to come.