Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

The Red Sox roster looks nearly identical to last year's, but John Henry asserts plenty of changes have been made this offseason. 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. Being a free agent for more than 100 days didn't prevent Hosmer from getting an eight-year, $144 million deal from the San Diego Padres. Martinez has the option to opt out of his deal after two years. Therefore, in theory, it's going to be hard for Martinez to get more money at 32.

If anything, Werner said Ortiz's absence likely contributed to the diminished TV ratings or other anecdotal signs that the Red Sox's popularity might be waning. Only the Braves, Pirates and Giants had fewer round trippers than Boston last season.

J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have, at long last, come to an agreement. Starting out with the Detroit Tigers, the outfielder hit.305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs, 39 RBI and 38 runs. He posted a slugging percentage of.690 with 45 home runs in 119 games. He hit five home runs with 30 RBIs in 111 games with the Mariners. Martinez definitely could help Boston in that category.

Boston is expected to use Martinez as its primary designated hitter, turning Hanley Ramirez into a platoon player at first with Mitch Moreland. That will allow them to keep their ultra-talented outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Bradley and Mookie Betts intact. The point is you make space for a masher like Martinez, and the Sox will find a way. ESPN first reported the deal.

The news comes as the Red Sox's entire team finally reports to Fort Myers, Florida for spring training. Though it won't be easy with the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians and archrival New York Yankees, all locked and loaded for the upcoming season, the Red Sox can feel reassured that they can compete for a World Series championship.

  • Steve Townsend