Speculation Martinez and the AL East champions would eventually wind up together had been swirling ever since he became a free agent last November.
JD Martinez, one of the top free agents remaining on the market, agreed to a deal to join the Red Sox according to ESPN's Pedro Gomez. According to reports, the two sides have reached a deal on a five-year contract worth $110 million. Martinez's last contract, signed with the Tigers in 2016, was for $18.5 million. However, interest in Martinez was far more tepid than anyone expected.
On Monday morning, Olney was asked where he expects Martinez to sign. That put Boston in the driver's seat. Henry and Werner also suggested the Red Sox could wind up with the highest payroll in baseball this year, especially if they eventually land Martinez, as most insiders still expect they will.
The Padres and Eric Hosmer finalized their eight-year, $144 contract when the first baseman passed his physical.
After the Red Sox were ousted in the ALDS for the second year in a row, ownership fired manager John Farrell and let go all but one member of his coaching staff (bullpen coach Dana LeVangie, whose contributions to the organization predated Farrell, was retained and promoted to pitching coach under new manager Alex Cora). Martinez is coming off a career year in which he hit 45 home runs between his time with the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Having only totaled 168 homers as a team in 2017 (last in the AL), Boston will be leaning on Martinez for a power boost in the upcoming year and beyond. He's averaged 32 home runs a year since 2014, with an average 149+ OPS and a slash line of.300/.362/.574 with a.936 OPS in that span. GM Dave Dombrowski made it a priority to add power to the team's lineup this winter, and while he slow played things, he finally got his man.
A marriage between Martinez and Boston makes all the sense in the world. His poor grades in defensive metrics may have hurt his value this offseason, but that doesn't figure to be an issue with the Red Sox. That will allow them to keep their ultra-talented outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Bradley and Mookie Betts intact.
"I'm glad to have that closure now, where I don't have to worry about it each day waking up like, 'Could this be the day I have a new team?'" Odorizzi said.
But right before Spring Training, it seems that Martinez settled for less money than many thought he'd get when the offseason started. He's also slugged above.545 in four of the last five seasons.