Boston Red Sox Sign JD Martinez

  • Boston Red Sox Sign JD Martinez

Boston Red Sox Sign JD Martinez

Martinez's deal comes two days after fellow Scott Boras client Eric Hosmer agreed to an eight-year, $144 million contract with the Padres, marking a steady end to the stalemate between major-league clubs and the league's prized free agents.

Free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez is moving closer to a deal with the Boston Red Sox, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports. Martinez is coming off a career year in which he hit.303 with an OPS of 1.066. The Red Sox have always been the favorites for the 30-year-old Martinez, who slashed.303/.376/.690 between Detroit and Arizona last year.

J.D. Martinez #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts at the end of the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2017 in Los Angeles.

In essence, that night summed up Martinez's summer with the D-backs and his 2017 season in general, so Red Sox fans: Have fun.

Henry had just finished the annual Spring Training Meet the Owners media availability outside JetBlue Park, and he was a little perplexed about having fielded a spate of questions about past year. Martinez can play first base, he can play the outfield and he can DH.

Odorizzi, who came to the Rays before the 2013 season from Kansas City with Mike Montgomery and Wil Myers in the seven-player trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals, logged four solid years as a starter for the Rays.

Boston needs more offense though, as their lineup hit a middling.258 (13th in the league) with a paltry 168 home runs (27th in the league) in 2017. The 6-foot-6 Stanton joins a lineup with 6-7 Aaron Judge, the AL home run leader. Martinez finally has a home for the 2018 season. Martinez definitely could help Boston in that category.

The wait is over for J.D. He was one of Baltimore's top pitchers the previous five years, going 65-33 with a 3.81 earned run average in 143 starts.

Countdown to Opening Day officially is on.

Speculation Martinez and the AL East champions would eventually wind up together had been swirling ever since he became a free agent last November.