Red Sox News: J.D. Martinez Leaning Toward Not Opting out of $38.7M Contract

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J.D. Martinez expects to return to the Boston Crimson Sox subsequent season and move on the opt-out clause in his present contract.

Chatting with reporters on Friday, Martinez stated he nonetheless wants to speak to his agent, however he is “leaning” towards a return.

“I do not know,” Martinez stated. “I suppose I’ve to speak to Scott [Boras]. I believe, given the state of affairs and the whole lot, it is in all probability not leaning that means. That is one thing the place I would like to speak to Scott. He is the jefe. You have to name up Scott. He is acquired the solutions.”

Martinez signed a five-year, $110 million cope with Boston forward of the 2018 season after a stellar season cut up between the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. He seemingly solely acquired higher when he made his Crimson Sox debut, incomes an All-Star nod and World Collection title within the first 12 months of his contract whereas slashing .330/.402/.629 with 43 dwelling runs. 

Thus far, that is been the height of his talents in Boston. 

He nonetheless hit .304/.383/.557 with 36 dwelling runs final 12 months however has been a shell of himself throughout a 60-game season in 2020. Via 51 video games, Martinez is batting .217/.293/.389 with six dwelling runs and 25 RBI. 

The remainder of Boston’s roster is not faring a lot better as a retooling season gave technique to a 22-35 document heading into the ultimate weekend of the common season. 

A dismal season makes the query of returning to the Crimson Sox simpler to reply. 

Martinez is slated to earn $19.35 million subsequent season and it is exhausting to determine there is a membership in free company who might match or surpass that quantity—particularly with uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic clouding baseball’s monetary image. 

“I truthfully really feel I’d not need to be a free agent throughout this time for that motive,” Martinez stated in early September. “You simply do not know. All the things’s up within the air. For guys like that, it is simply bizarre.”

The slugger does have one other opt-out clause after the 2021 season. That might grow to be extra interesting if the 33-year-old is ready to return to type subsequent 12 months. 

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