According to Jon Heyman, the Red Sox and free agent slugger J.D. Martinez are “moving close to a deal”. Specifics are not yet known, and details will be updated as they come in.
The Red Sox have made it clear all winter that they were searching for an offensive upgrade after finishing 27th in baseball in home runs in 2017. Martinez, 30 years old, is coming off a fabulous season where he hit .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs in just 119 games. We have heard that Boston was willing to offer a 5-year deal, while Martinez was holding out for longer. It seems the two sides have found a middle ground.
In Boston, J.D. Martinez would primarily be a designated hitter, though he will likely rotate in the outfield as well from time to time. His arrival brings much needed thump to Boston’s line-up, and signing Martinez will be seen in baseball circles as the Red Sox answer to the rival New York Yankees acquiring Giancarlo Stanton earlier this winter.