Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez”

He regressed last season, though, while struggling with some back trouble and posting a 4.14 ERA in 28 starts. Henry and Werner also suggested the Red Sox could wind up with the highest payroll in baseball this year, especially if they eventually land Martinez, as most insiders still expect they will. He finished 3rd with 45 home runs on a.303 average and.438 wOBA.

Obviously, Martinez getting $50 million over the first two years of his deal is quite the payday. Martinez agreed to a five-year contract and can opt out of the deal after two seasons.

Needing just one more homer for that vaunted four-homer game, Martinez faced Wilmer Font in the ninth and etched his place in history. The Red Sox also scored 93 fewe runs in 2017 than the year prior. The physical was a major obstacle though with Nunez having a knee injury to end last season and electing not to undergo offseason surgery.

For the Red Sox, who hit the fewest home runs in the American League last season, Martinez is a welcome addition. Martinez slammed 29 homers and drove in 65 runs in 62 games with Arizona, including a record-tying four home runs at Los Angeles on September 4.

In Phoenix, Martinez's power was on display. That will allow them to keep their ultra-talented outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Bradley and Mookie Betts intact. But the type of money Martinez and his agent were reportedly seeking made it hard for the D-backs and Martinez to reach an agreement. 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.

Martinez should slot in nicely as the team's cleanup hitter. With the other teams in the American League, most notably the Yankees, improving this offseason, the Red Sox needed Martinez, and they finally got him. Both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees look to gun for the top, which should make the division really intriguing.

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