It has been obvious for months that free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez made sense for the Red Sox, a team desperate for power. Martinez agreed to a five-year contract and can opt out of the deal after two seasons. 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.
In addition to his solid fielding, Martinez should bring some of his power numbers to Boston.
In just 119 games between the Tigers and Diamondbacks, Martinez would slash.303/.376/.690 with 40 home runs. "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". The Red Sox were always thought to be the favorite to get him, but the two sides seemed to be at a stalemate all offseason. Certainly, any and all buzz surrounding the potential to sign free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez has been quiet for some time.
The Padres and Eric Hosmer finalized their eight-year, $144 contract when the first baseman passed his physical. The New York Yankees, who finished two games behind Boston in the division previous year, acquired NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton - who led the majors with 59 home runs - in a trade with Miami. The Red Sox also scored 93 fewe runs in 2017 than the year prior.
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The 6-foot-6 Stanton, who topped the majors in home runs and was the NL MVP last team, joins a lineup with 6-7 Aaron Judge, the AL homer leader. The point is you make space for a masher like Martinez, and the Sox will find a way.
This offseason, it's less surprising but still a little shocking that Martinez settled for something so low based on what he originally wanted.
Speaking to reporters in Fort Myers on Monday, Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner addressed the move by their top competition in the AL East.