J.D. Martinez: Mike Fiers warned me about Astros in 2018 playoffs

Rob Bradford
February 21, 2020 - 7:28 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- J.D. Martinez offered an interesting bit of information when appearing on OMF Thursday. Evidently, the Red Sox were prepared for the Astros' system of cheating heading into the 2018 playoffs.

Appearing with Glenn Ordway, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria at JetBlue Park, Martinez explained how he first heard about Houston's method of stealing signs from Mike Fiers via a text message and not his Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

"You can put me on any lie detector. Alex Cora never influenced us and never told us about that thing," Martinez said. "The only way I ever found out was towards in the playoffs when Fiers, who is a very good friend of mine, he reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, make sure you’re doing this because this is what these guys are doing in the playoffs.’ I was like, ‘What?! How is this a thing?’ And then I mentioned it to Alex and he told me about the whole system and everything like that. That was why it was so crazy. He was so relaxed going into those playoff games because we we ready for it."

In terms of carrying over any of the elements of the cheating system from Houston to Boston, Martinez said that never happened with Cora during the former manager's tenure with the Red Sox.

"He was amazing at picking up things the right way," Martinez said of Cora. "These guys here, the guys that we have, they’re so good at every little thing. Any little hiccup they’ll find it. But you can put me on any detector you want, I’ll volunteer it. That never happened here."

As for the current investigation of the Red Sox, the designated hitter is baffled by the insinuations. "It’s one of those things where I don’t understand it. I’ve talked and given my side of it, they heard me and I guess we’re just waiting to see what happens," he said.