Report: Red Sox will not go past five years with JD Martinez
The Boston Red Sox have reportedly drawn a line in the sand on J.D. Martinez’s contract talks.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski is unwilling to beyond a five-year offer for free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.
Martinez is represented by Scott Boras, who could be looking for a longer pact. Heyman speculates that Boras could try to go to ownership level to convince them to give Martinez more years, as he did when Dombrowski was working for the Detroit Tigers.
Martinez’s asking price has been reported as being extremely high, and all indications are the Red Sox have refused to meet it. That said, the market for the slugging outfielder hasn’t been exceptionally robust, so he may have to readjust his expectations if things don’t change quickly.