There has been much talk regarding J.D. Martinez' situation and why we haven't heard any official announcement from the Boston Red Sox. As reported earlier, it was expected that Martinez would be officially presented as a Red Sox as soon as past Thursday, but various sources say that extra precautions were taken regarding with the physical examination.
And now, according to Cristian Moreno of ESPN, he confirms that eventually, there are no issues regarding J.D.'s immediate availability to play or perform on the diamond. However, the physical could lead to a restructuration of the contract previously agreed, as Moreno reports.
So the ever lasting situation with @JDMartinez14 continues as now #RedSox are taking an extra look to a physical condition which according to reports is not expected to immediately provoke him to lose any playing time, nevertheless possibility is there for contract restructuring. pic.twitter.com/nYWrFkvQkV— Cristian Moreno (@CristianMorenoD) 24 de febrero de 2018
It is reported that the contract that initially was agreed between the Red Sox and Martinez is a 5-year-long deal worth $110 million, with an opt-out option for the 2nd and 3rd year of the contract, seeing him earning $50 M the first two years and $72 M after the third, as reported by the USA Today.
J.D. Martinez had an outstanding 2017 season; he averaged .303 with 45 HR's and 104 RBI's while he played for the Detroit Tigers and the Arizona D-Backs.
He was an All-Star in 2015 and won the Silver Slugger Award that same season. Also, he hit 4 home runs in a single game on September 4th, 2017. Martinez holds an average of .285 during his career, with 152 HRs and 476 RBI's.