Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 29: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez does not expect to opt out of the final two years of his five-year, $110 million contract.

“I guess that’s up to [agent Scott Boras],” but I think given the situation and everything, I’m probably not leaning that way,” Martinez said Friday. “That’s something where I need to talk to Scott.”

The ‘situation and everything’ is easily explained: It’s a terrible market for upcoming free agents, as a 60-game season and crowd-less games will straight-up destroy deals for non-superstars in the immediate future, and barring the 2020 rules becoming permanent moving forward, Martinez only appeals to half the league as a designated hitter.

And given the 33-year-old’s struggles this season, with a .218 average and six homers in 52 games this season, there’s an almost zero percent chance he would get a contract that pays him anything close to the nearly $40 million he’s due over the next two years in Boston. Martinez is struggling beyond the raw numbers, too, with his average against fastballs straight-up plummeting from 2019 to this season, dropping from .318 to .198, according to BaseballSavant. His struggles against offspeed pitches have been just as brutal, too, with a 2019 to 2020 drop of .403 down to .235, per BaseballSavant. (YEESH.)

Martinez hasn’t exactly shied away from his struggles (his exact words were, “I’ve sucked”), but he did note the mental grind of playing through a global pandemic, according to MassLive Red Sox reporter Christopher Smith.

Martinez, bounced around between Houston, Detroit, and Arizona before landing in Boston, where he won a World Series in 2018, has hit .303 with 85 homers and 260 RBIs over his three seasons with the Red Sox.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.