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By Ross Sutton
It has been reported by multiple sources that the Red Sox have signed J.D Martinez to a five-year, $110M deal with an opt out clause after the second and third years of the contract. Most people assumed Martinez would land in Boston by the start of the season, but recently it seemed as if that might not happen, as the Diamondbacks had reportedly made Martinez an offer similar to one he had received from the Red Sox earlier in the offseason. There was also a report earlier today from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston that the Red Sox were still negotiating with Martinez but they were “prepared to move on entirely or to another player” which made me surprised the Red Sox were able to sign Martinez today.
This is a big move for the Red Sox as they now have an all-star caliber slugger in the middle of their lineup that can go yard at any moment. Martinez will likely be the team’s designated hitter for the large majority of games as the Red Sox currently have Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts in their outfield, respectively, from left to right. With this move, the Red Sox are now a real threat to the Yankees for the AL East division crown.
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