J.D. Martinez vs. Giancarlo Stanton: Kevin Millar weighs in on which MLB hotshot will perform best on new team

If you hibernated through the MLB offseason, don't worry -- you didn't miss much. It was an uneventful winter, at best, but the few roster shake-ups that did occur should add some intrigue to the 2018 season.

Those moves happened largely in the American League, and in the East division especially. The New York Yankees traded for former Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, while the Boston Red Sox landed highly touted outfielder J.D. Martinez in free agency. 

New York and Boston are notoriously tough cities to play in, especially for players coming from smaller markets. The change in environment could pose a problem for both Stanton and Martinez, who are also joining one of the most heated and historic rivalries in sports. 

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Kevin Millar, who was on the Red Sox in 2004 when the team came back from a 3-0 deficit against the Yankees in the ALCS en route to winning the franchise's first World Series in 86 years, knows the challenges of these cities well. 

"I don't care who you are. When you haven't played in New York or you haven't played in Boston, there's an adjustment period," he told AOL.com on behalf of Budweiser.

"When you struggle in those cities, it can get angry," Millar continued. "You have more media, more newspapers, more TV shows -- so there's more light on it."

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21 Feb 1998: Kevin Millar of the Florida Marlins at Spring Training at the Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Craig Melvin /Allsport
STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN EWING -- Monday, May 12, 1997 -- Kevin Millar is greeted in the Sea Dog dugout after hitting a 2 run homer against the Bowie BaySox 5/12/97 (Photo by John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Staff photo Photo by John Ewing; 03/20/03; Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar. (Photo by John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA- AUGUST 24: First baseman Kevin Millar #15 of the Boston Red Sox readies for the pitch during the game against the Seattle Mariners on August 24, 2003 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Mariners 6-1. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 14: Kevin Millar #15 of the Boston Red Sox warms up before Game 5 of the 2003 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees on October 14, 2003 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 18: The new, talkative, media friendly Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez, right, was on display, as he cracks up while sitting down with teammate Kevin Millar, left, for an interview with Boston's Channel 7 prior to game three of the Red Sox-Yankees series last Sunday at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 25: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) high-fives Kevin Millar #15 of the Boston Red Sox after Millar hit a solo home run to give the Red Sox a 7-2 lead over the New York Yankees in the fifth inning July 25, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20: Mike Timlin #50 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammate Kevin Millar #15 after defeating the New York Yankees 10-3 to win game seven of the American League Championship Series on October 20, 2004 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 27: Kevin Millar #15 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with the Championship trophy in the locker room after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 to win game four of the World Series on October 27, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 30: Kevin Millar applauds the fans on from a duck boat on Boylston Street near Fenway Park during a rolling rally parade to celebrate the Boston Red Sox's World Series win. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 18: Kevin Millar of the Boston Red Sox bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics at McAfee Coliseum on May 18, 2005 in Oakland, California. The A's defeated the Red Sox 13-6. (Photo by Brad Mangin /MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Kevin Millar of the Boston Red Sox warms up prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. on August 25, 2005. The Royals won 7-4. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE - APRIL 3: Kevin Millar # 15 of the Baltimore Orioles blows a bubble as he awaits the play against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Opening Day on April 3, 2006, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md. The Orioles won 9-6.(Photo By Nick Wass/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE- APRIL 22: Kevin Millar #15 of the Baltimore Orioles bats against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards April 22, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 21: Former Boston Red Sox Kevin Millar shakes hands with Doug Mirabelli #28 before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Game Seven of the American League Championship Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 21, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Kevin Millar #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses during photo day at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex on February 23, 2009 in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 1: Kevin Millar #15 of the Baltimore Orioles chats with Tim Wakefield #49 of the Boston Red Sox before a game at Fenway Park on September 1, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
MESA, AZ - MARCH 04: Kevin Millar #15 of the Chicago Cubs in the dugout during the MLB spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Park on March 4, 2009 in Mesa, Arizona. The Cubs defeated the A's 9-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: Former Red Sox player Kevin Millar (R) chats with Mike Lowell #25 of the Boston Red Sox before the start of a game against the Kansas City Royals on May 27, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 25: Prior to the game' the Red Sox honored the 2004 World Championship team in a ceremony. In the ninth inning, the old video of Kevin Millar doing his best Bruce Springsteen was shown on the scoreboard, and Millar, who was sitting in a luxury box along thew first base line, reacted to the cheers of the crowd. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Tampa Bay Rays in an MLB regular season game at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 24: Former Red Sox players Kevin Millar, left, and Pedro Martinez joined David Ortiz #34 during a ceremony honoring members of the 2004 championship team on September 25, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 23: Kevin Millar, at right, member of the Red Sox 2004 World Champions, talks with Sox personnel before the game. The Boston Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park for Game One of the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series, Oct. 23, 2013. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0025 -- Pictured: (l-r) Former baseball players Sean Casey and Kevin Millar during an interview with host Seth Meyers on March 31, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 16: Former professional baseball player Kevin Millar attends a Red Sox charity event to benefit The Jimmy Fund, Children's Hospital LA's Cancer Researchers & G1VE A BUCK Fund at The Garage on Motor on January 16, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for M4PR)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 2: Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Kevin Millar and pitcher Pedro Martinez react with David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox during an honorary retirement ceremony in his final regular season game at Fenway Park against the Toronto Blue Jays on October 2, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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Both teams have high hopes after coming off of playoff runs in 2017 -- though both were also ultimately eliminated by the Houston Astros, who went on to win the World Series. 

Stanton is being added to a Yankees roster that led the MLB in home runs last season, while Martinez joins a Red Sox team in need of a power hitter. 

"I don't know how many more home runs they can hit," Millar said of the Yankees. "Stanton's a nice addition but it's not like he needs to carry the club. I think J.D. has to hit home runs."

"I would say J.D. will have more success in his first year [in a new city] than Stanton, just because of that Green Monster looking out of his left eyeball."

The Red Sox and Yankees are both projected to make playoff runs this year, but in a stacked American League, it may be tough to reach the World Series. Judging from the past two seasons, the defending champion Astros and Cleveland Indians would be likely matchups for the AL East representatives this postseason. 

"I would say the [Washington] Nationals are going to be tough," Millar said of his World Series prediction, "and the Astros, Red Sox, Yankees and Indians will all be in the World Series."

Now, that would be a Fall Classic for the history books. 

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