JD Martinez is Officially on the Red Sox

J.D. Martinez has finally signed with the Boston Red Sox. Agent Scott Boras and President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski engaged in a heavyweight negotiation, that Dombrowski and Red Sox fans everywhere won. Martinez agreed to a 5-year, $110 million deal. There are opt outs after the 2019, and 2020 seasons. He is scheduled to make $25 million in each of his first two seasons, and $22 million in his third. That leaves $38 million over his final two season ($19 a season). J.D. was one of if not the top free agent this offseason. He mashed 45 homeruns and drove in 104 batters while maintaining a .303 average. He only played 119 games last season but had the homers and RBIs for a full season. Over the last four seasons Martinez has hit exactly .300 with 128 HRs (32 per year), and 350 RBIs (87.5 per season). His problem is that he only averages 130 games a season over that span. Injuries have plagued J.D.s career to this point, much like the Yankees newest slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Martinez should slide into the DH spot this season, while Moreland and Hanley platoon at first. The lineup projects as follows:

1. Mookie Betts RF
2. Andrew Benintendi LF
3. Xander Bogaerts SS
4. J.D. Martinez DH
5. Rafael Devers 3B
6. Ramirez/Moreland 1B
7. Eduardo Nunez 2B*
8. Christian Vasquez C
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

*Pedroia injured

J.D. Martinez will be a huge upgrade to the lineup, without destroying our payroll. It took months but Dombrowski managed to get an impact bat without losing prospects or paying an outrageous amount of money. At the time I was outraged that Dombrowski did not contact the Marlins about Stanton, but now I think they made the right move. The Yankees had to trade an All-Star 2B/SS in Starlin Castro as well as absorb a massive contract. We kept all our assets and have a much more manageable contract for a player that is in the same tier as Stanton.

Scott Neville –  Head Baseball Writer – WTF Sports Nation

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