Red Sox sign JD Martinez for much-needed power to answer Yankees
- Author: Regina Holmes Feb 20, 2018,
Feb 20, 2018, 20:14
Elusive free agent J.D. Martinez and the Sox are in agreement on a five-year contract, according to a source. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that the physical is complete.
Despite battling an injury, Martinez slashed.303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs in just 119 games last season. Jay finished previous year batting.296 and started 86 games in the outfield for the Chicago Cubs.
The Red Sox hit the fewest homers (168) in the AL during 2017. Jon Morosi of MLB Network was told Martinez's contract is front-loaded and worth $110 million over five years. Martinez will likely bat third in the lineup and add significant power to the Boston lineup. Since joining the Tigers before the 2014 season and rebuilding his swing and plate approach, he's authored an OPS+ of 149 and averaged 40 homers and 39 doubles per 162 games played.
The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with outfielder Jarrod Dyson on Monday, shortly after losing out in the J.D. Two days later, he was signed by the Tigers, whose general manager at the time was Dombrowski.
Current Red Sox pitchers and former Detroit teammates Rick Porcello and David Price were in on the recruitment. "Watching what he did before the game, just watching his at-bats, what he tried to do as a hitter".
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"We're not conceding first place to anybody", chairman Tom Werner said, earlier in the day.
This offseason, it's less surprising but still a little shocking that Martinez settled for something so low based on what he originally wanted.
Facing righty Pedro Baez in the seventh, Martinez went with an outside pitch and hit it deep into the All You Can Eat section in the Right Field Pavilion - an impressive opposite-field stroke for a righty.
Other than that, though, the roster went almost untouched, with the Red Sox re-signing first baseman Mitch Moreland and utility infielder Eduardo Nunez and not yet adding a player who wasn't part of last year's group. The 31-year-old left-hander was 7-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 71 appearances for the Pirates and Dodgers last year.