Breaking: Red Sox sign OF JD Martinez to a 5 year/$110M Deal. The Deal is front loaded so Martinez will earn $25M a year for the first two seasons. The deal also contains an opt out after years 2 and 3. ⚾️
Martinez, 30, is coming off a stellar season where he hit .303 with 45 HR and 104 RBI. After being traded to the Diamondbacks from the Tigers, Martinez looked like a whole new player and clearly used the small ballpark to his advantage. Now he’ll shift over to Fenway Park, which is much bigger in the gaps but still is very small down the left field and right field lines. Martinez hasn’t been very consistent in his career, as in 2015 he was an all star but in 2016 his play declined. Boston will just have to hope that they are getting a more consistent and better version of Martinez. He is an average fielder, but will most likely be the team’s DH.
This move makes a lot of sense for the Red Sox. They only hit 168 homeruns last season (27th in MLB), and needed a power middle of the order bat to replace David Ortiz. As the Yankees made a big move by acquiring Giancarlo Stanton, the Red Sox had to get Martinez to match New York. This was a deal that seemed inevitable for quite a while, as it was a match made in heaven for both sides. The only major concern with this signing other than Martinez’s lack of consistency at times is that Martinez is an opposite field hitter. In Fenway, it’s extremely difficult to hit a homer to right center, so Martinez may need to change his approach in order to adjust to that. Nevertheless, Martinez will be a big power bat for the Red Sox, and definitely makes them premier contenders to win it all.