Outfield slugger J.D. Martinez has reportedly received a 5-year deal from the Red Sox today according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
To be honest, this is a good move for Dombrowski and the Red Sox to not jump the gun and initially give Martinez a 7-year deal. This process is a negotiation and there will be a lot of back and forth going on between the two parties.
We’ve seen before what giving out massive contracts off the bat can do, and how it can negatively affect the Red Sox (i.e. Carl Crawford and Pablo Sandoval). So I think it’s a smart move to wait this out and try to reach a deal that can appease both parties. Especially when it seems like there really isn’t too much competition for signing Martinez.
The Giants and DBacks are the other possible suitors so far, but the DBacks have still not been able to move any money around to sign him and the Giants offseason trend so far is to find low money players to fill the void in their lineups. So it looks like the Sox have the biggest opportunity to sign him.
My best guess, is around a 5 year deal around the 160-170 million dollar range with options for another 1-2 years based on plate appearances and other statistical incentives.
What other moves would you like the Red Sox to make this season?
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