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Red Sox reportedly sign JD Martinez for 5 years and $110 million

Red Sox reportedly sign JD Martinez for 5 years and $110 million

Henry and Werner also suggested the Red Sox could wind up with the highest payroll in baseball this year, especially if they eventually land Martinez, as most insiders still expect they will. Despite winning the AL East past year, the Red Sox hit the fewest home runs in the American League last season. Eric Hosmer is in the process of finalizing a $144 million, eight-year deal with San Diego while third baseman Mike Moustakas and pitchers Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb are among the stars looking for places to play.

The deal is a five year, $110 million dollar deal, with Martinez netting $50 million in the first two years.

Even thought it took much longer then expected, the Sox/Martinez saga is finally over and now the two sides can get ready for the season with no more distractions.

The Herald reported in January that the Red Sox made a five-year offer near $125 million, and the ballclub showed patience throughout the offseason while avoiding bidding against itself.

On Sunday morning the Boston Red Sox announced that they had signed infielder Eduardo Nunez to a one-year contract through the 2018 season with a player option for the 2019 season. In just 62 games in Arizona, he hit 29 homers, drove in 65 runs and propelled the Diamondbacks into the NL Division Series.




Between Detroit and Arizona last season, Martinez finished the season with.303/.376/.690 splits, making him a valuable target during free agency. The team ranked 27th in home runs, last season.

A marriage between Martinez and Boston makes all the sense in the world. Here's a potential look at what their lineup could look like on Opening Day, according to Boston Globe reporter Pete Abraham. Martinez will be slotted in with other power hitters Andrew Benintendi, Hanley Ramirez, Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts.

Speaking to reporters in Fort Myers on Monday, Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner addressed the move by their top competition in the AL East.

But the Red Sox need his bat in the lineup.

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