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Monday, January 20, 2020

J.D. Martinez says Red Sox are innocent. Now what?

SPRINGFIELD—The next shoe may not have officially dropped Saturday, but a toe was dipped into the water. For the first time, a member of the 2018 Red Sox flat-out said his team was innocent.

Up until J.D. Martinez stepped before the media at Winter Weekend there had been a series of coaches and players leaning on “it’s an ongoing investigation” when asked about Major League Baseball’s investigation into The Athletic’s report that the Red Sox had illegally used their video system to help relay sign sequences during games. But Martinez took things to another level.

“I’m excited for the investigation to get over with, just so they can see there was nothing going on here,” Martinez said.

When pressed on if he believed no wrongdoing would be found in the investigation he added, “I believe that, yes.”

This isn’t his way to get Red Sox management to keep him and dump Mookie, is it?

 

QLE Posted: January 20, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: bullshit, dirty rotten cheaters, j.d. martinez, red sox

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

J.D. Martinez doesn’t opt out of contract with Red Sox

J.D. Martinez did not opt out of his contract with the Boston Red Sox.

By remaining with the Red Sox, Martinez can earn $62.5 million over the next three years: $23.75 million for 2020 and $19,375,000 for both 2021 and 2022. He also has the option to opt out after each of the next two seasons, as long as he does not spend a lengthy period on the injured list.

“J.D. has advised me that his decision is about assuring that he plays for a competitive team and wanting to continue to play in a place where he knows that he can be highly productive,” Scott Boras, Martinez’s agent, told The Boston Globe.

Over the past three seasons, Martinez leads the league in home runs with 124 and is second in RBIs at 339, batting average at .313, slugging percentage at .619 and OPS at 1.007 over that span.

This should make the Red Sox’s financial planning,,,,interesting, to say the least…..

 

QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:14 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, opt-outs, red sox

Sunday, October 06, 2019

The Sunday Baseball Column: How we should view J.D. Martinez | WEEI

He’s a really great DH but he’s still a DH. I’m fine with them bringing him back for what’s on his current contract. I wouldn’t like to see them make a higher salary/longer commitment to him.

Get the picture? Call Martinez anything you want, but don’t you suggest to Boras he is a designated hitter. Because if you did classify the righty hitter as just a DH than that would make the idea of the $62.5 million committed to the 32-year-old by the Red Sox a fairly reasonable rate.

But Boras believes teams should view Martinez as something more. Now comes the interesting part: Can he make the rest of baseball commit to the same vision?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2019 at 10:25 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

 

 

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