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Boston Red Sox Announce JD Martinez Signing

Boston Red Sox Announce JD Martinez Signing

At long last, J.D. Martinez is officially a member of the Red Sox.

"So, J.D. actually did fly to Boston at one time to be checked out there because we just didn't have all the doctors here that we needed to". The 5-year, $110 million deal that was agreed upon almost a week ago was delayed while both sides carefully constructed the language of the contract. He was one of the most effective per-at bat players in baseball, particularly after the midseason trade to Arizona.

Martinez hit 23 home runs for Detroit in 2014 and then 38 home runs a year later.

For the Red Sox, it's back-end protection in case of a debilitating injury related to the sprained ligament he suffered last spring with the Tigers.

While Martinez is now healthy, X-Rays during his physical revealed a Lisfranc condition in his right foot.

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Martinez averaged 14.2 FanDuel points per game in 2017. As noted by Abraham and colleague Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox took "extra measures with the contract to ensure they are protected financially in the event of injury". "The goal is common, very mutual".

It's the second time Dave Dombrowski has added Martinez to an already strong roster.

In 2017, the first season after former designated hitter David Ortiz's retirement, the Red Sox hit just 168 home runs, fewest in the American League and better than only the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants.

Going into 2018 with a weak middle of the order would have put them at a disadvantage in attempting to win their third straight division crown. "I'm happy to now be a part of it".

"That wasn't an easy lineup to face as it was", said Chris Sale, who was with the Chicago White Sox when Martinez broke out in 2014.


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