Red Sox agree to terms on five-year deal with JD Martinez

Clyde Nash
February 20, 2018

The Boston Red Sox are believed to have had the best offer on the table for J.D. Martinez for quite some time now, and the free agent outfielder has finally accepted it. According to reports, the two sides have reached a deal on a five-year contract worth $110 million. Martinez can opt out of his contract after two seasons. He figures to become the primary designated hitter for the AL East champion Red Sox, which would turn Hanley Ramirez into a platoon player at first with Mitch Moreland. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that the physical is complete. Having only totaled 168 homers as a team in 2017 (last in the AL), Boston will be leaning on Martinez for a power boost in the upcoming year and beyond. "I can only speak for the Red Sox, we're going to have - we will most definitely have the highest payroll that we've ever had and you know other teams have to make their own decisions but we expect to be competitive and we expect to improve from our team past year". Gonzalez was bad in his contract year with the Rockies hitting.262 with only 14 home runs and 57 RBI. He hit 5 home runs with 30 RBI in 111 games with the Mariners.

Another Scott Boras client, Eric Hosmer, signed an eight-year, $144 million deal with the Padres this past weekend - which led to immediate speculation that a Martinez deal could be coming quick. The Red Sox also scored 93 fewe runs in 2017 than the year prior.

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The Sox and Martinez have been linked together since the start of the offseason.

Martinez played a large part in the team getting to 93 wins last season, the club's best since 2011. Martinez started a combined 112 games in right field a year ago. Ramirez only played 18 games at first base a year ago, in part because of a shoulder injury.

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The Red Sox are holding their first full-squad workouts in Fort Myers on Monday, and most people have settled on the idea that the team will be bringing back essentially the same exact roster from previous year.

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