After an uneventful and quite frustrating offseason for the Boston Red Sox, they change the whole narrative on their offseason by landing their guy J.D Martinez with a 5-year, $110 million contract.
It became a stare-down contest between his agent Scott Boras and Sox GM Dave Dombrowski. Boras and Martinez looked around the league and realized that no one was even offering a contract or a contract nowhere close to what the Sox were offering. He finally came to his senses and FINALLY, J.D Martinez is a Red Sox. Finally. They get the deal done and spring training has already started. Bananas.
I’ll admit it, I did not want this guy after hearing all of those reports of Martinez pissed off and that he did not want to sign with the Red Sox because of their refusal to budge on the price they’ve offered. Screw him right?
But when I heard the news? I was PUMPED.
I can’t get mad at a signing at a pretty fair price that only benefits the Sox.
I’ll roll the dice on him. At this point, were in spring training and before yesterday, the Red Sox had done jack all offseason so I wanted the Sox to just stand pat and wait till next offseason to throw all their money at Manny Machado or Bryce Harper who are free-agents. But they just signed Martinez and I’m fine with it. He adds a gigantic bat in our lineup that Red Sox DESPERATELY needed.
I’m not fully sold on him that he can repeat what he did last season but I’m willing to take a gamble on him because the reward would be immense. It’s not like the Red Sox are running out of money, they can still make a run at Harper and Machado next offseason as well.
The Yankees and Red Sox have now both added a big-time slugger to their lineup this offseason which will shape up to be quite a race in the A.L East between these two. Martinez will be playing mainly DH which means Hanley Ramirez will be your everyday first-baseman. Oh lord.
Bringing in Martinez puts the Red Sox in the conversation with the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and the Houston Astros as the favorites to come out in the American League.
The Red Sox basically brought back their whole entire team from last year besides that dope manager, John Farrell. Now we have new manager Alex Cora steering the ship with J.D Martinez in the middle of the lineup. This is going to be a fun Red Sox season if Martinez can provide that power.
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