It's a new year and yet the best free agents in baseball are still up for grabs. J.D. Martinez is one of them and it looks like he is on a staredown with the Boston Red Sox as he has already received a pretty good offer from the AL East team.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, the All-Star outfielder has already received a 5-year offer from the Red Sox this winter, although the value is unknown right now.
The Red Sox were one of the worst teams at hitting home runs last season and they need an impact bat in their lineup and Martinez looks like the perfect fit to take care of the dinger problem in Boston that is why they have been linked to the slugger since the start of the offseason as he boasts a .936 OPS over the last four seasons.
"They really like J.D."
- Source told Mark Feinsand
Martinez's agent Scott Boras is known for waiting out teams and getting his clients incredible deals, but it seems this year he could be out of luck as Red Sox General Manager Dave Dombrowski indicated they would be happy starting the season as is.
And Boston is the team willing to pay the most for Martinez, just not the $200 million+ for seven years Boras wants.
"Right now, we're in a position that we could go forward as we are now. I think there's a lot of things to be done in the industry between now and spring training; we'll keep abreast of what those things are and see if we can still help ourselves."
Martinez, who split time between the Tigers and Diamondbacks in 2017, finished the season slashing .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs, 26 doubles, and 104 RBIs, while putting up a 3.8 WAR (more than any Red Sox position player except for Mookie Betts).
The slugger would be a big boost to the Red Sox offense that finished third in hitting last season despite not having much pop.
The Red Sox have been the only team heavily mentioned to be interested in Martinez, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Cardinals have all been mentioned as having "some" interest.