J.D. Martinez: Diamondbacks could have 'easily' re-signed slugger

Rob Bradford
April 05, 2019 - 10:08 am

OAKLAND -- As the Red Sox head into Phoenix for their three-game series against the Diamondbacks it's interesting to note what might have been.

Certainly, that's what Arizona fans are thinking upon being re-introduced to J.D. Martinez.

Talking to the Arizona-Republic, Martinez suggested that the idea that he could have returned to the Diamondbacks after the 2017 season wasn't all that far-fetched.

"I don’t want really get into that (details of the negotiations),” Martinez told the newspaper. "But it could have got done. I think so. Easily."

Martinez played in 62 games with the Diamondbacks after being dealt from Detroit just before the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline, hitting 29 homers while managing a .302 batting average.

Considering Arizona's relatively low payroll, along with the money allocated to Zack Greinke, Yasmany Tomas and Paul Goldschmidt and the need to pay emerging young players, a reunion after 2017 seemed like a longshot. But as the offseason unfolded there appeared to be some traction regarding a deal between Martinez and the Diamondbacks.

The report states that Martinez's agent Scott Boras met with Arizona owner twice during the offseason due to how much the slugger liked playing in Arizona. But the numbers compared what the Red Sox ultimately offered never came close, with the Diamondbacks reportedly extending a deal around two years, $50 million.

"I was willing to be flexible with them because I really did want to go back," Martinez said. "I thought it would be a good opportunity for both sides, just to go in there another year where I could demonstrate a full season (of elite production) while also give them what they need with their flexibility of a short-term deal where they’re not locked down forever."

"He wasn’t considering two years," Boras told the newspaper. "They would have had to do more than that in years, I think. He had a five-year deal from Boston.

"I got an opt-out from Boston after two years (and another after three years) with length of contract. Arizona just wanted to offer a blanket two years. If it would have been an opt-out after one year, it would have been a different look, but we never got to that point."

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