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J.D. Martinez | Outfielder | #28

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Nova Southeastern
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 20 (0) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez are working through a medical issue, though his immediate readiness to play is not in question.
There is expected to be more clarity on the situation on Saturday. It doesn't sound as though the deal is going to fall through, but there could be some change in the overall structure of the contract or the money involved. It sounds like the Red Sox are simply doing their due diligence and making sure that their own medical experts come to the same conclusions as the one's provided by Martinez and his camp. Feb 24 - 11:07 AM
Source: NBC Sports

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Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Red Sox' delayed introduction of J.D. Martinez could indicate a complication in his medical review.

Martinez's five-year, $110 million deal with the Red Sox was reported in the press on Monday but has still not been officially announced by the Red Sox. Drellich says an issue may have arisen in the team's medical-review process. He believes that even if this is true it is unlikely to nullify the agreement, although it could result in changes to the years or money involved. Red Sox manager Alex Cora couldn't say if Martinez was still in Fort Myers, where the Red Sox hold their spring training camp.
Feb 23 - 7:54 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that hold-up in J.D. Martinez's contract being finalized is related to logistics in reviewing medical reports.

There was a belief that Martinez would have his deal with the Red Sox officially announced on Wednesday, but Drellich says that finalization will likely come Thursday, at the earliest. Because the Red Sox's medical team is Boston-based and there are often specialists involved in these physical exams -- particularly on contracts as large as Martinez's -- there is understandably a longer wait for everything to get sorted out. Drellich also cautions there are no issues anticipated with the examination(s), so there's no reason to panic. Martinez, 30, has agreed to a five-year $110 million contract with the Red Sox that contains opt outs after the second and third years.
Feb 21 - 6:55 PM

ESPN's Pedro Gomez reports that a deal between the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez is "done."

It's a five-year, $110 million contract with opt outs after the second and third years of the deal. The deal is front-loaded, as Martinez will make $50 million in the first two years and $72 million in the first three, per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report that there was momentum for a deal between the two sides. The Red Sox and Martinez seemed destined to wind up together even as it took much longer than expected. He will serve as Boston's designated hitter, pushing Hanley Ramirez to first base.
Feb 19 - 5:19 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez are "moving close to a deal."

Heyman cautions that the contract isn't done yet, but it sounds like there is momentum. The particulars of the possible deal aren't known, but it's been reported previously that the Red Sox had been offering a five-year pact in the $100-125 million range. Martinez would serve as Boston's designated hitter, pushing Hanley Ramirez to first base.
Feb 19 - 4:20 PM

According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the Red Sox were still in negotiations for J.D. Martinez on Monday.

There's nothing to indicate that anything is close, but the two sides have been an obvious match all offseason and remain in touch. Something will have to give eventually, though, as Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe wrote earlier Monday that the Red Sox were "prepared to move on entirely or to another player." Of course, that could just be posturing. The Red Sox reportedly have a five-year offer in the $100 million range on the table while the Diamondbacks might not be willing to match such a guarantee.
Feb 19 - 3:29 PM

According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox remain "open" to a deal with free agent slugger J.D. Martinez.

The Red Sox owners defended the team's current roster in a press conference Monday morning, but they haven't ruled out bringing in Martinez if the price is right. It was reported last week that the club is reluctant to improve their current offer, which is believed to be in the range of five years and $100 million. Their need for Martinez is clear, but they appear to be standing firm. In fact, Abraham hears that the club is "prepared to move on entirely or to another player."
Feb 19 - 11:34 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks have broached "creative" ways to retain free agent slugger J.D. Martinez.

The Red Sox have been viewed as the favorites and are reluctant to improve their offer, which is reportedly in the five-year, $100 million range. The Diamondbacks appear concerned about what giving a big contract to Martinez would mean for their chances of retaining Paul Goldschmidt long-term, but they are still holding out hope to get something done. The specifics of the "creative" offer are unclear, but it's believed they are considering a higher AAV (average annual value) on a shorter contract with opt-outs included. It's unclear if Martinez's agent, Scott Boras, will be receptive to such an offer, but Heyman writes that one Diamondbacks person "expressed a bit more optimism than before" about their chances.
Feb 13 - 1:57 PM

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the offer from the Red Sox to J.D. Martinez remains around five years and $100 million.

In other words, the offer is believed to be lower than the $125 million figure that has been reported. According to Speier, the Red Sox are reluctant to improve their offer because they don't want to bid against themselves. Still, they have a clear need for a middle-of-the-order bat and Martinez's agent, Scott Boras, remains in touch with the Diamondbacks. It's a staring contest without a clear sign of resolution.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 13 - 12:36 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that agent Scott Boras met with Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick within the past week regarding free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.

Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the two sides have had multiple meetings this offseason, so this doesn't necessarily mean that something is close. However, with pitchers and catchers reporting this week, something will have to give sooner rather than later. Heyman reported late last week that offers from Arizona and Boston "are believed to be at very similar levels," likely in the $115-125 million range. We could be reaching crunch time.
Feb 12 - 10:03 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox' and Diamondbacks' offers to J.D. Martinez "are believed to be at very similar levels."

It's been reported that the Red Sox' offer is in the $115-125 million range, and it sounds like the Diamondbacks' offer is in the same ballpark. Obviously, Martinez hasn't deemed either offer good enough and Heyman hears the 30-year-old is willing to wait it out as long as he needs to for more money. Heyman also adds that Martinez enjoyed his time in Arizona and would prefer to play the outfield rather than serve as a designated hitter as he'd be in Boston. However, the Red Sox can likely offer Martinez the most money. Things are currently at a standstill.
Feb 8 - 7:35 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, free agent slugger J.D. Martinez is discussing short-team and long-term offers with the Diamondbacks.

Nightengale doesn't indicate what a short-term or long-term deal could look like with Arizona, but it's certainly interesting news, especially after the report Tuesday of Martinez's frustrations with the Red Sox and their "inflexible" negotiating process. Martinez finished his 2017 campaign with the Diamondbacks, crushing National League pitching to the tune of a 1.107 OPS in 62 games and finishing with 45 total home runs between the D'Backs and Tigers. His bat obviously fits well at Arizona's power-friendly Chase Field.
Feb 7 - 9:32 PM

Super-agent Scott Boras denied Wednesday that J.D. Martinez is unhappy with the Red Sox and their contract negotiations.

Boras told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald that Martinez is "involved in multiple negotiations and is pleased with the participants and the good faith process," and that any suggestions to the contrary are inaccurate. It was reported Tuesday by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that Martinez is fed up with Boston's lack of flexibility at the negotiating table, and that he would prefer to sign with another team. It's still believed that the Red Sox have the highest offer to Martinez at five years, $125 million, but Boras has called that offer inaccurate as well. The saga continues, with spring training quickly approaching.
Feb 7 - 8:51 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, free agent J.D. Martinez "is telling people that he is fed up with the Red Sox's inflexibility and would rather sign with another club."

Rosenthal notes that this might be a case of "posturing" on the part of Martinez and his agent Scott Boras, who have both become increasingly frustrated by the lack of action and high-dollar offers on the open market this winter. Boston is still believed to have made the most lucrative proposal to Martinez at five years, $125 million. The 30-year-old slugger began the offseason looking for something closer to seven years, $200 million after tallying 45 homers and 104 RBI in just 119 games last summer between the Tigers and Diamondbacks.
Source: The Athletic
Feb 6 - 11:17 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports the Red Sox are looking to add both a power bat and a left-handed reliever before the start of the season.

Speaking at a charity event, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said, "Ideally we'd like to add power to the lineup, it's not easy to find." The team is believed to have the highest offer on the table for outfielder J.D. Martinez at five years, $125 million. The 30-year-old slugger slashed .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in just 119 games last season with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. Dombrowski said the Red Sox are "ready and willing to move" whenever the free agent market revives.
Feb 2 - 9:16 PM

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