The Boston Red Sox have made a decision to add a powerful bat after hitting an American League-low 168 home runs last season. Martinez addresses that need in a big way. He hit 45 home runs with 104 RBIs, making him one of the most impactful offensive players in the game. He would have led the majors with a.690 slugging percentage if he had enough at-bats to qualify. That's obviously elite power production, and it's in keeping with Martinez's recent history.
After Eric Hosmer reportedly agreed to an eight-year, $144 million contract with the San Diego Padres late Saturday, it was believed a Martinez signing would soon follow. But Olney remains a connected man in baseball, so his speculation carries more weight than most. Contract is front-loaded prior to opt-out. The right-handed batter started 51 games at third base, 25 at second base, 18 in the outfield, 15 at shortstop, and four at designated hitter.
Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. said the Yankees' addition brings another test. He hit 5 home runs with 30 RBI in 111 games with the Mariners.
The Red Sox had their first full-squad workout Monday morning. Considering Ramirez's 2019 option vests at 497 plate appearances this season, he might be particularly happy with such an arrangement. The Red Sox were last in the American League in homeruns and 27th overall in the MLB in 2017. Martinez is coming off a career year in which he hit.303 with an OPS of 1.066. Still, these are reasonable terms from the team standpoint (and, by extension, probably disappointing terms from the player and agent standpoint). According to reports, the two sides have reached a deal on a five-year contract worth $110 million. FanRag Sports' reporter Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that Martinez would hold out if he didn't receive the money he wanted.
The Red Sox are also reportedly working on the assumption they would have to exceed the $197 million luxury tax threshold to sign a big-name free agent.