JD Martinez agrees to 5-year, $110 million deal with Red Sox

Lynette Rowe
February 21, 2018

Yes, that's a lot of money, but Martinez was the man on the market with the one talent the Red Sox needed most - especially if they have any hopes of beating the New York Yankees in the AL East this season.

With the addition of J.D. Martinez, there was some question as to whether he would move into the three-spot or whether Ramirez or someone else would stick there.

The Red Sox reached an agreement with J.D. Martinez on a five-year, $110-million United States contract Monday, bringing the majors' leader in slugging percentage last season to a revitalized American League East rivalry.

When free agency began, Martinez was seeking seven years and $210 million.

He reportedly will receive $7.5 million over two years, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Red Sox finally appear to have replaced the offensive void left by David Ortiz upon his retirement after the 2016 season. Martinez addresses that need in a big way. With no Dodgers, Cubs, Nationals, or Yankees to contend with, there was no rush. The Yankees got Stanton in a trade with the Miami Marlins in December. He knew how to play this hand.

The Red Sox' team salary for luxury tax purposes was in the $210 million region before adding Martinez, so with a $22 million annual average value, the Red Sox should be able to remain under the $237 million mark, avoiding a costly penalty of 10 spots on their first-round draft pick and the loss of worldwide bonus money. That's good. It's not just about me. It takes two to make a deal.

Martinez hit.303 with 45 homers and 104 RBI a year ago for Detroit and Arizona, which acquired him on July 18 for three prospects.

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With a remastered swing, Martinez hit.315 with 23 homers in just 480 plate appearances in '14, and since joining the Tigers ranks seventh in the majors with a.936 OPS and sixth with 128 homers. He hit 45 last season.

Then, consider the domino effect Martinez creates.

Hanley Ramirez needs 497 at-bats for his $22 million, 2019 option to kick in, and with Martinez becoming the incumbent designated hitter, he's going to have to fight for them.

"We're not conceding first place to anybody", chairman Tom Werner said, earlier in the day.

"Really good player", Boone said.

When Dombrowski arrived in Boston during the summer of 2015, he was given a simple edict: Win now.

After the signing Martinez's sister, Mayra, shared a few photos of her brother's 18th birthday.

Asked if he feels like this changes anything for him, Ramirez responded, "Why?"

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