As reported from Miami, J.D. Martinez is not too thrilled with his 5-year deals from the Red Sox, and possibly the Diamondbacks or Blue Jays (Blue Jays were in conversation with Martinez at Winter Meetings). Instead it is now rumoured that Martinez wants a 6-year deal with north of $30 million average annual salary and he is going to sit and wait till he gets it.
Martinez, who hit 45 home runs in 119 games in 2017, splitting time with the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks, is coming into his age 30 season and is looking to cash out while he takes the ranks as the top of this free agent class of 2018.
So I understand that Red Sox fans are tired of hearing nothing going on. We have just suffered through a year finishing 27th in the MLB in home runs, we want a bat and we want it now. But let’s not forget, Patience is a Virtue...
Giving a 6-year $180 million contract to a guy who his entering his age 30 season, considered a below average defensive player and has played more than 130 games in a season just ONCE in his 6 year career, is a big risk. That would mean keeping him through his age 36 season, where the vast majority of the league notices a major decline by then, if not sooner. He could be struck with injury at any moment that could sideline him and hurt the rest of his career. There’s also a huge possibility that it just doesn’t work out. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve signed a guy to a massive contract and it fails miserably (i.e. Carl Crawford and Pablo Sandoval). Do we really want to throw away a bunch of money to ANOTHER underperforming player?
Giving Martinez a 5-year deal with an option for 6th based on performance is the best move here. It allows Martinez the option to obtain that 6th year security blanket if he can earn it, and it also saves us in the event that things don’t workout as planned and gives the Red Sox a way out.
It's time for the Red Sox to spend smart.
Seems like this stalemate between the two parties will go on for a while. Red Sox fans all we can do is sit back and pray for someone to budge...hopefully J.D.
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