Former D-backs outfielder JD Martinez agrees to deal with Boston

Jessica Allison
February 20, 2018

He regressed last season, though, while struggling with some back trouble and posting a 4.14 ERA in 28 starts. Martinez might settle for a little more than $100 million in guaranteed money from the Red Sox. He has a career.282 batting average with 152 career home runs. Morosi says the deal is for $110 million.

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J.D. Martinez averaged a homer every 9.60 AB in 2017, the lowest single-season mark (min. 450 PA) since Barry Bonds in 2004 (8.29).

It took a while, yes, but in the end the Red Sox got the free agent they sorely needed. With 9 DRS last season and speed on the basepaths, the 27-year-old presented a great option for the Giants, but their unwillingness to part ways with prospect Heliot Ramos proved to be a roadblock in negotiations.

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As the Boston Red Sox stepped out into the sun Monday for their first full-squad workout of spring training, owner John Henry maintained that he's more concerned about W's and L's than the team's Q rating. He had 29 home runs and 65 RBI in 62 games with the Diamondbacks, and he hit a record-tying four home runs in one game. Dyson is a lifetime.258 hitter with 12 home runs, 131 RBIs and 204 steals in eight big league seasons, the first seven with the Royals.

A marriage between Martinez and Boston makes all the sense in the world.

With the Red Sox, he'll likely be the full-time designated hitter, pushing Hanley Ramirez into a possible platoon at first base with Mitch Moreland.

In the meantime, there's no other way to slice it: Martinez is a good (and necessary) get for the Red Sox. That will allow them to keep their ultra-talented outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Bradley and Mookie Betts intact. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that the physical is complete. Right now, it looks like it will be a two-horse race between the Red Sox and Yankees.

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