J.D. Martinez

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Free agent slugger J.D. Martinez switches agents, joins Scott Boras

John Tomase
November 01, 2017 - 1:46 pm

If the Red Sox plan on making a run at slugging outfielder J.D. Martinez this winter, their pursuit probably just got more expensive.

According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Martinez has switched agencies, leaving Bob Garber and RMG Baseball for Scott Boras.

Martinez is the best bat set to hit the market, ranking ahead of Royals infielders Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. He's coming off his best season, between Detroit and Arizona, where he combined for 45 home runs and 104 RBIs while posting a .690 slugging percentage and 1.066 OPS.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has already signed Martinez once, plucking him off waivers days before the 2014 season after Martinez had been cut by the Astros. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound right-handed hitter became an All-Star in Detroit in 2015, mashing 38 homers while hitting .282.

Since joining the Tigers, Martinez has hit .300 with 128 homers and a .936 OPS. He is expected to earn over $100 million in free agency and with Boras now calling the shots, don't be surprised if that number climbs, especially in a weak offensive free agent class.