February 20, 2018

Finally! Red Sox Sign JD Martinez (5/110)

J.D. Martinez has agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract with the Red Sox.

The deal is front-loaded, with Martinez getting $50 million over 2018-19, and includes two opt-out clauses, one after two seasons and another after three seasons. Martinez will turn 31 in August.

According to Buster Olney, the reports of Boston putting $125 million on the table were inaccurate. The Red Sox offered 5/100 very early in the off-season and stuck to those numbers as the weeks passed, before upping it slightly in the last 48 hours.

SoSHer RedOctober3829 posted:
Giancarlo Stanton and J.D. Martinez Since 2014
Stanton  - .366 OBP, .573 SLG, 149 wRC+, 2,118 PA
Martinez - .362 OBP, .574 SLG, 148 wRC+, 2,143 PA
Dave Dombrowski handled this long saga with a deft hand. To paraphrase a former Red Sox World Series MVP, when an elite hitter and his agent ask for 7/210 and you grab him for 5/110, that's when you know you're a bad man.

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