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J.D. Martinez | Designated Hitter | #28

Team: Boston Red Sox
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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J.D. Martinez is absent from the Red Sox' lineup for Friday's contest against the Athletics.
It looks to be just a regular day of rest for the hard-hitting outfielder, though it comes at a curious time when he's scorching hot at the plate. Martinez is hitting .469/.471/.844 with three homers and nine RBI over his last eight games. Apr 20 - 6:31 PM

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J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Martinez picked up an RBI double against Nick Tropeano in the fourth inning on an evening when his team posted 14 hits and eight runs. The Red Sox's big-money offseason acquisition has been worth every penny in the early going this season, surging after a relatively slow start to hit .338/.365/.618 with four home runs and 15 RBI through his first 17 games in a Boston uniform. Martinez has collected eight hits in his last 12 at-bats, including seven hits in his last nine at-bats. Just scorching.
Apr 20 - 1:59 AM

J.D. Martinez went 4-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored Wednesday against the Angels.

After signing late, Martinez struggled some this spring and didn't find his groove until a few games into the regular season. However, he's up to .313 with four homers and 14 RBI now.
Apr 19 - 1:33 AM

J.D. Martinez crushed an opposite-field home run on Saturday as the Red Sox trounced the Orioles.

His solo shot off of Alex Cobb increased the Red Sox' lead to 4-0 in the third inning. Martinez also singled twice in the ballgame, including an RBI knock in the sixth. He finished the day 3-for-5, raising his season slash to .283/.310/.547 to go with three homers and 13 RBI.
Apr 14 - 4:12 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 and jacked a grand slam against the Yankees on Wednesday.

His heroics were too little, too late as his club trailed 8-1 at the time. He did manage to ruin opposing starter Masahiro Tanaka's night with the bases-loaded blast. The big free agent acquisition now has a .250 batting average with two homers and 10 RBI on the season. He is likely to pile up some big power stats in his first season in Boston.
Apr 11 - 11:24 PM

J.D. Martinez crushed his first home run as a member of the Red Sox in Saturday's rout of the Rays.

Martinez nearly blasted a grand slam in the first inning, settling instead for a sacrifice fly to the deepest part of right-center field. He didn't miss in the seventh inning, tagging Chaz Roe for his solo shot. Martinez finished the afternoon 1-for-2 plus a walk, raising his season slash to .259/.323/.481 to go with his one home run and four RBI.
Apr 7 - 4:09 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double in Saturday's win over the Rays.

Martinez began his Red Sox career 0-for-6 with three strikeouts, but came out on Saturday and showed the team a little of what they bought with their $110 million over the winter. The slugger slashed a hearty .303/.376/.690 with 45 homers and 104 RBI between the Tigers and Diamondbacks last season.
Mar 31 - 9:45 PM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI as the Red Sox and Rays played to a 6-6 tie Thursday.

It didn't take long for Martinez to find his stroke. He was playing in just his second game for Boston after going 0-for-2 on Wednesday.
Mar 8 - 5:00 PM

J.D. Martinez made his spring debut Wednesday and went 0-for-2 against the Twins.

Martinez played left field today. The Red Sox will also give him some time in right this spring, but he'll mostly DH once the season starts.
Mar 7 - 5:08 PM

J.D. Martinez's agent, Scott Boras, told reporters Monday that his client's five-year contract with the Red Sox includes three opt-outs.

Yes, three of them. It appears to be a compromise, possibly related to the team's concern about his foot injury from last year. Martinez now has the ability to opt out after the second, third, and fourth seasons of the deal while Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston notes that the team gets injury protection in the fourth and fifth years of the deal if he misses time with his previous Lisfranc injury. It's complicated, but there would be mutual options for the fourth and fifth years of the contract depending on how much time he misses in the third or fourth year of the deal.
Feb 26 - 9:41 AM

Red Sox signed OF/DH J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract.

It's finally official. The deal was agreed to last week, but there was reportedly a delay due to a change in contract language regarding a foot injury which he suffered last spring. Martinez is ready to play right now, but the Red Sox had some long-term concerns. Now that he's officially in place, the Red Sox have the middle-of-the-order presence they sorely needed. The 30-year-old is coming off 45 homers and a 1.066 OPS and finds himself in a great spot for fantasy value. With Martinez set to take over the DH spot, Hanley Ramirez will see most of his playing time at first base.
Feb 26 - 8:38 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Red Sox will indeed announce the J.D. Martinez signing at a press conference on Monday morning.

That confirms what we have heard from other reports throughout the day on Sunday. Heyman also notes that the terms of the contract, five-years and $110 million are expected to remain the same. The Red Sox were very thorough in their medical review process and have worked with Martinez and his representatives to adjust some of the language in his contract, but the overall terms will remain the same.
Feb 25 - 6:54 PM

The press conference to announce J.D. Martinez's contract with the Red Sox "could be as early as Monday morning," according to Ian Browne of MLB.com.

Browne says the Red Sox and Martinez's agent Scott Boras "had a productive weekend adjusting contract language." It's not clear what exactly those adjustments will be. Martinez reportedly agreed to a five-year, $110 million free agent deal with Boston last week before some issues arose during his medical review, apparently involving a foot injury. Martinez did miss the early part of the 2017 season because of a Lisfranc sprain. There should be more clarification on all of this within the next 24 hours or so.
Feb 25 - 5:19 PM

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.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 24 - 11:07 AM

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

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3Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
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3B1Rafael Devers
2Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1J.D. Martinez
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S1Chris Sale
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2Carson Smith
3Matt Barnes
4Tyler Thornburg
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