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Red Sox Report: Players react to J.D. Martinez signing -- 'We're here to win this (expletive)'

John Tomase
February 20, 2018 - 2:41 pm

Here's a smattering of reaction from Red Sox players to the impending acquisition of slugging free agent J.D. Martinez, who should provide a much-needed dose of power.

First baseman Mitch Moreland, who could lose at-bats in an arrangement that puts Hanley Ramirez at first and Moreland at DH:

"He's a force, obviously," Moreland said. "To have him kind of anchored in the middle of our lineup is only going to help us.

"It's one of those things that, once we get into the season, it's not about our at-bats. It's more about the wins and losses, I think. We're going to worry about that part of it. Like you've heard over and over again in here, this team and this group has got one goal. How we get there, that doesn't matter as long as we're there and make that goal happen."

Speaking of Ramirez, he has a contract option that automatically kicks in if he reaches 497 plate appearances. He works out with Moreland in Miami during the offseason:

"It's a good bat and at least 40 homers. And we're trying to win this (expletive)," Ramirez said. "This is how we can do it, to get him, it's a good player."

Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has heard good things about Martinez in the clubhouse:

"He's an amazing ballplayer, an amazing person, and we look forward to having him," Bradley said. "He's obviously a presence. Having that type of presence in the lineup can make a difference and that's what he is – he's a difference-maker."

Fellow outfielder Andrew Benintendi looks forward to picking Martinez's brain:

"He's proven himself," Benintendi said. "I'm just looking forward to getting to know him. I've heard he's helped out young guys throughout his years, so I'll be all ears when he comes in."