J.D. Martinez could very well end up in a Red Sox uniform. The free-agent slugger reportedly has an offer for a five-year contract on the table from Boston.
Martinez, a client of Scott Boras, reportedly seeks a long-term deal in the range of $200 million as a free agent. In light of his slow-to-develop market and five-year offer from Boston, that may not happen.
J.D. Martinez: Answer To Red Sox' Problems?
The 30-year-old caught fire after heading to the Diamondbacks in a trade with the Tigers. Mainly, in the power department. He blasted 29 home runs in just 65 games and 45 longballs in 119 total. Over the past four seasons, he's averaged 40 homers and 110 RBIs per 162 games.
Be that as it may, injuries remain the chief concern with Martinez. Though he could hit at a 40-homer pace for the Red Sox, he's no guarantee to stay healthy for a full season. He missed more than a month of the 2017 season with a foot sprain, and also sat out much of 2016 with a fractured elbow.
Martinez would certainly solve the Red Sox' power woes. He'd instantly boost a lineup that hit just 168 homers last season, the fewest in the American League. But despite the positives, he wouldn't necessarily represent the kind of middle-of-the-order threat that could anchor an entire lineup.
In spite of the Red Sox' reported offer, that doesn't necessarily mean Martinez is about to accept it. Boras could simply be orchestrating a bidding war between the Red Sox and other suitors. But the mere fact that the Red Sox threw an offer out there indicates that their interest in Martinez is legitimate.
-- By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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