The free agent considered the best slugger in this year's market still remains available in J.D. Martinez. The 30-year-old outfielder enjoyed a career year in 2017, slugging .690 with 45 home runs in 119 games, 29 of which came in 62 games for the D-backs following a mid-July trade with the Tigers.
Scott Boras represents a big portion of the unsigned players, and clients Tony Watson and Eric Hosmer reached agreements the last 48 hours. Expectation among some evaluators is that slugger J.D. Martinez, another Boras client, will pick his next home soon.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) 18 de febrero de 2018
The team that has been connected to Martinez the most this offseason has been the Red Sox, who are in need of a power upgrade in the middle of their lineup. There reportedly is a five-year, $125 million offer still on the table from Boston.
According to a report from The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham on Monday, the door is still open for a deal between the Sox and the top free-agent hitter remaining on the market -- despite Martinez and Boston seemingly having reached a standoff in talks recently.
However, Abraham reports that the window for Martinez and the Red Sox to agree to a contract won't remain open indefinitely. The Red Sox are prepared to either "move on entirely," or pursue alternative options to bolster their lineup, according to the report.
Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner spoke to reporters on Monday and were asked about the club's negotiations with Martinez, but declined to go into detail on their current state. Werner referred further questions to the president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.
Source | MLB.COM