Red Sox Land Big Name Slugger With Massive Contract

Red Sox just flexed right back at Yankees and it’s on again
Modal Trigger Giancarlo Stanton and J.D. Martinez Charles Wenzelberg AP
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20 February, 2018

Martinez might settle for a little more than $100 million in guaranteed money from the Red Sox. When last season ended, however, with Martinez coming off a career year, agent Scott Boras was reportedly thinking $200 million was a nice place to open negotiations.

Gennett hit.295 a year ago and set career bests with 27 homers and 97 RBIs in his first season with the Reds. The Red Sox also scored 93 fewe runs in 2017 than the year prior.

Entering last season's camp, Boston was tabbed as the AL East favorite after landing one of the biggest prizes in ace lefty Chris Sale during the winter meetings.

For the Sox, they finally add the big power bat for the middle of their order that has been missing since iconic Designated Hitter David Ortiz retired from baseball in 2016. He hit.302/.366/.741 with 29 home runs, 65 RBI and 47 runs. Martinez tied a major league record by hitting 16 home runs in September alone, batting.404 during that stretch.

The Tigers traded Martinez to Arizona for three minor-leaguers on July 18, which led to a second-half surge that boosted the righty's value in what's been a largely dormant offseason free-agent market.

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Martinez should slot in nicely as the team's cleanup hitter.

The veteran, who played last season with the Seattle Mariners after playing the first seven seasons of his career with the Kansas City Royals, ranked fourth among all center fielders last season in defensive runs saved (10).

In Phoenix, Martinez's power was on display.

A marriage between Martinez and Boston makes all the sense in the world. Barring an injury to Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., or Mookie Betts, Martinez figures to be in the lineup as a DH most days. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that the physical is complete.

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. Right now, it looks like it will be a two-horse race between the Red Sox and Yankees.


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