USA Today Sports

J.D. Martinez is coming to the Red Sox

Rob Bradford
February 19, 2018 - 4:53 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox have finally identified their replacement for David Ortiz.

As was first reported by Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the team has finalized a deal with free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez. FanRagSports.com was first to surface the momentum. MLB.com reports it's a five-year deal with an opt-out after two years, with Martinez making $110 million over the five years.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com, the deal will play Martinez $50 million over the first two seasons. There is another opt-out after the third season.

Martinez represents the middle of the order threat the Red Sox seemed to desperately need, having totaled 45 home runs, a .303 batting average and a 1.066 OPS in just 119 games with the Tigers and Diamondbacks in 2017. The 30-year-old's career turnaround has been well-documented, combining for a .936 OPS in the past four seasons.

Martinez would seem to serve as the Red Sox' designated hitter, with the opportunity to see time in the outfield. This most likely leaves platoon between Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez at first base.

To listen to Martinez's personal hitting coach talk about his client, click here.

Comments ()