Red Sox sign JD Martinez - Projected Boston batting lineup

Sox’s Eduardo Nunez celebrating with teammates during a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Boston. The Red Sox have re-signed Nunez to a one-year contract with a player option for 201
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20 February, 2018

The contract contains an opt-out after the first two seasons.

It took a while, yes, but in the end the Red Sox got the free agent they sorely needed. Martinez finally has a home for the 2018 season. He hit.303 with 45 home runs in 2017.

A former 50th-round pick, Dyson spent the first seven seasons of his career carving out a speed and outfield versatility role for himself with the Kansas City Royals, where he became a fan favorite thanks primarily to his speed on the bases.

Nearly immediately, Martinez made an impact in Detroit, playing in 123 games and batting.315, with 23 home runs, 30 doubles and 76 RBIs in 2014.

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As for the roster fit, the cramped left field dimensions at Fenway make for a nice way to hide Martinez's lack of range in the outfield. In just 62 games in Arizona, he hit 29 homers, drove in 65 runs and propelled the Diamondbacks into the NL Division Series. His time in Arizona even included a four home run game. Martinez hit.303 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI past year for Detroit and Arizona, which acquired him on July 18 for three prospects.

J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have, at long last, come to an agreement.

Nunez is expected to be the everyday second baseman for the Boston Red Sox until Dustin Pedroia returns from rehabbing his knee after undergoing an offseason surgery. He batted.394 (41-for-104) with runners in scoring position between the two clubs, the majors' second-highest mark behind only Washington's Daniel Murphy (.409). Martinez definitely could help Boston in that category. "I know there have been some comments that I respect that we didn't have the most popular team, but when I look at (Andrew) Benintendi and Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers and Bogaerts and Bradley, I see energized, young, exciting players". Creating one of the best top of the lineups in baseball. ESPN first reported the deal. The Red Sox are now better equipped to handle a New York Yankees team that traded for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the offseason.

"J.D. Martinez's deal is $110 million over 5 years, sources say".


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