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J.D. Martinez won't talk reworking contract during the season

Rob Bradford
July 28, 2018 - 5:07 pm

J.D. Martinez raised a lot of eyebrows when responding the question after the All-Star Game regarding a willingness to restructure his contract to eliminate the current opt-outs after his second and third seasons in Boston. Such a maneuver would allow for more of a structured commitment to stay with the Red Sox.

"Absolutely," he said when asked about such an approach. "It would obviously have to be discussed later. Yeah, I've liked my time there. It's been fun so far, so I don't see why not. I like the front office. I like the manager. I like everything, the way it's run. I think it's trending in a really good way. I wouldn't mind staying there." (For all of Martinez's comments from the All-Star Game, click here.)

Considering what Martinez has delivered to this point, engaging in such talks wouldn't seem like a bad idea from the Red Sox perspective. But evidently, those will have to wait.

Speaking to WEEI.com prior to Saturday night's game against the Twins, Martinez said he has no desire to talk contract until after the season.

"During the season? I don’t think so. There’s no point. There’s no rush," he said. "It’s just one of those things we’ll see how it goes and whatever happens in the offseason, happens in the offseason."

Martinez said he never talked contract with Detroit prior to being traded to Arizona just before the non-waiver trade deadline. It's a philosophy he plans on carrying over to his time in Boston.

"Once the season starts I feel like that’s it. You have to focus on the year, focus on winning," Martinez said. "You’re not focused on (negotiating contracts)."

(Click here to read Dave Dombrowski's recent comments made to CNHI's Chris Mason about his hesitancy to negotiate contract extensions during the season.)

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