March 23, 2018

JD Martinez to sign with Red Sox

20 February 2018, 08:10 | Kristopher Drake

Red Sox sign JD Martinez to 5-year, $110M deal: reports

Sox, Martinez agree to 5-year deal

Outfielder JD Martinez and the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a five-year, US$110 million contract that will bring Boston the big bat it coveted the entire offseason.

In an offseason in which the Yankees have added 59-homer Giancarlo Stanton, Boston is "close" to inking a deal with 45-homer J.D. Martinez, The Post's Joel Sherman reported. However, because the deal has yet to be finalized, the specifics surrounding such a pact have yet to come to light.

Other than that, though, the roster went almost untouched, with the Red Sox re-signing first baseman Mitch Moreland and utility infielder Eduardo Nunez and not yet adding a player who wasn't part of last year's group. Martinez slammed 29 homers and drove in 65 runs in 62 games with Arizona, including a record-tying four home runs at Los Angeles on September 4. Martinez has the option to opt out of his deal after two years.

It's not exactly what he was looking for, but J.D. Martinez has his five-year contract.

Dyson, 33, led the Seattle Mariners with 28 stolen bases last season, his first with the club, before undergoing season-ending surgery in September to fix a core-muscle issue and sports hernia.

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Martinez and Jake Arrieta are the only remaining free agents with a realistic chance of signing for more than $100 million before the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season. Benoit broke into the majors in 2001 and has gone 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves in 764 appearances, including 709 relief outings. Martinez started a combined 112 games in right field past year. Being a free agent for more than 100 days didn't prevent Hosmer from getting an eight-year, $144 million deal from the San Diego Padres.

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Players finished with a winning record for the second time in three years, but only their fourth since 1996.

Dyson, who has the speed to play any of the outfield positions while also providing a strong, positive clubhouse presence, has a World Series championship ring from his Kansas City days. His salary is $20 million each year from 2018-22 and would be $13 million annually from 2023-25 if he doesn't terminate the deal.

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