Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14

The Red Sox have made a habit of making big offseason splashes in the offseason over the last few years. That hasn’t always worked out, though, as evidenced by a mega trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers in August. Now the Sox have a bunch of money to play with, and while they’ve said publicly they’re not necessarily looking to make yet another splash this winter, they may actually be limbering up on the diving board. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox may be getting ready to really enter the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes, getting involved in the pursuit of arguably the best player on the free agent market this offseason. “Boston wants to do something big and it wouldn’t shock me if they became players for Josh Hamilton,” a competing GM reportedly told Heyman. That’s obviously a far cry from reporting that the Red Sox have made a legitimate offer to Hamilton — or are even actually in on the All-Star — but it does seem to jibe with what the Sox have said about the offseason. Unsurprisingly, Red Sox owner John Henry, who is in Chicago for the owners’ meetings, was a lot less succinct when describing the team’s offseason plans. “Improve the team” he told Heyman of what the Sox are looking to do. Hamilton is coming off of another fine year, and when he’s healthy and not dealing with off-field issues, he’s arguably the best player in baseball. Of course, Hamilton’s entire career has been filled with injuries and off-field issues, red flags that have many teams cautious about committing too much money and just as importantly, too many years for the outfielder. It’s been whispered that Hamilton is reportedly looking for a seven-year deal worth $175 million, which is probably just short of insane, given Hamilton’s past.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Victorino: I plan on playing every day for Red Sox in 2015

The Rams are still planning on drafting a quarterback

Howard willing to make 'ultimate sacrifice' to help Rockets

Pacquiao bought P. Diddy’s house for $12.5M, fight tickets

The Seahawks are already winning the NFL Draft

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Fiancée takes stand at Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Thunder announce Kevin Durant to miss rest of season

Jeremy Maclin says he still believes in Chip Kelly

Mike Weber on Sabres fans cheering loss: 'A whole new low'

Michael Sam: 'I'm not the only gay person in the NFL'

More international NFL games could be on the horizon

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Minnesota Timberwolves: Should they tank?

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

Twins to offer $19 Bloody Mary with pizza slice garnish

Ranking the NBA's hottest coaching seats

The beginning of the end for Notre Dame

An identity in flux: Harden and the collective consciousness

LeBron James makes Fortune’s list of 50 greatest world leaders

Five under-the-radar National League MVP candidates

Five bizarre NFL offseason moves that don't add up

Texas to Rick Barnes: Change your staff or you will be fired

First 'National Fantasy Football Convention' to star Tony Romo

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

MLB teams that could disappoint

25 years ago, the best Sweet 16 of all time was pure madness

The 2015 bad quarterback carousel

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.