Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

JD Martinez: Inks deal with Red Sox

JD Martinez: Inks deal with Red Sox

Martinez was among several prominent free agents still available over the weekend.

The 30-year-old Martinez signed with the Red Sox on Monday as reported by Pedro Gomez of ESPN.

The Red Sox are giving Martinez a five-year deal worth $110 million, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The structure is similar to another deal negotiated in recent days by Martinez's agent, Scott Boras, who matched Eric Hosmer with the San Diego Padres. In November, Martinez was reportedly seeking $200 million. That's less a reflection on Martinez and more an indication of rotten timing.

With the addition of Martinez, the Red Sox look to repeat as AL East champs in 2018. That put Boston in the driver's seat.

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Meanwhile, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner doesn't believe the team needs to sign Martinez but is always looking for ways to improve the roster. In 62 games with the D-backs, Martinez batted.302 with 29 homers and 65 RBI.

The team salary for Boston for purposes of luxury tax was in the region of $210 million prior to adding in Martinez, so with an average annual salary of $22 million, Boston should remain below the mark of $237 million avoiding costly penalties and 10 spots for its draft pick in the first round and bonus money for global picks.

Boston was 27th in Major League Baseball in 2017 with 168 home runs. GM Dave Dombrowski made it a priority to add power to the team's lineup this winter, and while he slow played things, he finally got his man.

In seven career games at Fenway Park, Martinez has been an effective slap hitter, going 12-for-27 with two doubles - and no RBIs. Mookie Betts had the most, 24, and as talented as he is, he can't be expected to hit 40+ per season.

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This offseason, it's less surprising but still a little shocking that Martinez settled for something so low based on what he originally wanted. The Red Sox also scored 93 fewe runs in 2017 than the year prior.

But right before Spring Training, it seems that Martinez settled for less money than many thought he'd get when the offseason started.

"From my perspective, people have talked about we haven't made a lot of changes in the previous year", Henry said. And it comes courtesy of the Boston Red Sox.

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