J.D. Martinez got some encouraging words about the Boston Red Sox from a former and now current teammate.
Martinez said at his introductory press conference Monday that pitcher David Price had talked up the Red Sox and their fans during the recruitment process.
“David’s always spoken very well and very highly and especially of the fan base and pitching in that ball park and how fun it is to go out there every day,” Martinez said, via Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald. “Football has Monday night. They say at Fenway every night is like ‘Monday Night Football’ over there.
“I’m excited. To play in front of fans that are just as passionate and love it just as much, it’s exciting.”
Martinez is leaving out the other half of the warning that Price said he gave him, understandably so. For now, Martinez is excited, and clearly thinks he’ll be able to handle whatever reaction he gets.
The Boston Red Sox finally announced the signing of outfielder J.D. Martinez on Monday, and the person in charge of the team’s social media account had no problem acknowledging that the saga took a while to play out.
The Red Sox were considered the most likely suitor for Martinez all offseason, and some of their fans became a bit antsy early on. Back in December, one person told the team to stop tweeting until Martinez was signed.
Red Sox fans became even more impatient over the past week, as there were reports from last Monday that a five-year, $110 million deal was agreed upon only to have concerns about Martinez’s physical pop up. It took a little longer than expected, but the Red Sox were ultimately satisfied with everything. And, clearly, they couldn’t wait to shut that one fan up.
After a rather lengthy delay, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly poised to finalize the terms of the J.D. Martinez deal.
Though reports indicated six days ago that Martinez and the Red Sox had agreed a deal, the confirmation has been held up by an unspecified medical issue. There was even some talk that the terms of the contract could be adjusted.
That apparently hasn’t been necessary, and according to reports, the Red Sox have scheduled a Monday press conference to confirm the deal with terms unchanged.
The terms in JD Martinez contract are expected to remain the same, 110M for five years. Obvs they did a lot of work the past five days though, to be cautious. Press conference slated for tomorrow, as @EvanDrellich said
We still know very little about the specifics of what led to the delay, but this sort of thing isn’t entirely unprecedented. Whatever the issue was, it doesn’t sound as serious as it was in that instance.
David Price and J.D. Martinez were teammates for a short time with the Tigers, and Red Sox fans might be surprised to hear that Price helped bring the slugger to Boston. But those fans probably won’t be shocked to learn what Price said about them and the way they treat their players.
In an interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Price once again spoke about how difficult it is to play for the Red Sox. It’s no secret that the left-hander has struggled to get along with the media and fans since he signed a $217 million contract before the 2016 season, and Price admits he warned Martinez the same could happen to him.
“Oh yeah, he’ll get booed,” Price said “I told JD he will love the guys here in this clubhouse, but also told him he’ll get booed. He’s a quiet, soft-spoken guy, but he’ll handle it. Besides, everyone gets booed. I heard Big Papi (David Ortiz) get booed many times in Fenway.”
Take it from someone who lived and died with the Red Sox during Ortiz’s career with the team — there were not many times when Ortiz was booed at Fenway Park. Sure, Boston fans are known for turning on their own players, but Big Papi is a rare exception. He’s delivered more game-winning hits than any player in franchise history, and many of them came in the postseason. Red Sox fans may be ruthless, but they don’t forget heroics.
The problem for Price is that he has not even come close to living up to the hype. Nightengale noted that he was laughing when he said he warned Martinez about the boos, but there is certainly a lot of truth behind it.
“It is tough here,” Price said. “There’s just so much more negativity. I’ve never been one for negative stuff. I like surrounding myself by positive people. Even if my wife starts talking negatively, I let her know. I just can’t stand it.”
Price likes to generalize by applying his own situation to that of every other player who has worn a Red Sox uniform, but he’s the only one (that we know of) who enthusiastically cursed out a team legend and broadcaster for telling it like it is. Most players know what they’re getting into when they sign with Boston. The majority of them handle it better than Price, and Martinez probably will, too.
It’s safe to say Martinez fell a good bit short of his original ambitions. It became inevitable early on that this would happen, as the market simply didn’t develop in the players’ favor. Martinez will hope it rebounds, in all likelihood, and that he can perform well for two years before taking another shot at it.
The Boston Red Sox are believed to have had the best offer on the table for J.D. Martinez for quite some time now, and the free agent outfielder has finally accepted it.
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on Monday that Martinez has officially signed with the Red Sox. Jon Morosi of MLB Network was told Martinez’s contract is front-loaded and worth $110 million over five years.
J.D. Martinez’s deal is $110 million over 5 years, sources say. Contract is front-loaded prior to opt-out. @MLBNetwork@MLB
There have been reports for several weeks now that Boston’s offer to Martinez was in the five-year, $100 million range. We have also seen indications that he was frustrated with the Red Sox and seeking much more than that, but the market has apparently been set.
Martinez, 30, hit .303 with 45 homers and 104 RBI in 119 games with the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks last season. He should provide the Red Sox with some desperately needed pop in the middle of their order.
The Red Sox have always looked like Martinez’s most likely landing spot. There has been mutual interest there all offseason long, though there were numerous hitches in the negotiations, with Martinez less than enamored by Boston’s reported offers. Obviously, it sounds like some sort of breakthrough is either close or has already happened, though nothing is done until the contract is signed.
Scott Boras appears to be making his best effort to get something going between the Arizona Diamondbacks and JD Martinez.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Sunday night that Boras met with Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick within the past week to talk about Martinez.
Scott Boras met with #DBacks owner Ken Kendrick on J.D. Martinez within past week, sources tell The Athletic. Two sides fond of each other, but still real question on whether they can find common ground on deal. Boras, Kendrick also met earlier this off-season, per @JonHeyman.
Martinez was acquired by Arizona before the trade deadline last season and helped propel the team into the playoffs. He batted .302 with 29 home runs in 62 games for the Diamondbacks, while posting a 1.107 OPS.
There was some recent chatter that Martinez was frustrated with the Red Sox and their refusal to go beyond a supposed five-year, $125 million contract offered to him. There has been increased chatter about him and the Diamondbacks since then.
Many figured Martinez would prove too expensive for the Diamondbacks to retain given his reported desires for a $200 million contract before free agency, but he may end up within their price range based on the sluggish market.
JD Martinez appears to be trying to force some action in his free agency situation.
Martinez, who is viewed by many as the best position player on the market, remains unsigned. He reportedly has a five-year, $125 offer from the Boston Red Sox, but Boston seemingly won’t budge from there.
Nightengale does not say that the two sides are actively negotiating, but that they have talked in the past. Terms of these deals have not been disclosed either.
Martinez was traded by Detroit to Arizona last season and caught fire. He smacked 29 homers in 62 games for a 1.107 OPS with the Diamondbacks and seems to be a good fit there.
Whether the reports about Martinez being fed up with Boston and having talks with the Diamondbacks are just tactics to get Boston to improve their offer is in question. Perhaps we’ll know that the reports weren’t acts of posturing if Martinez indeed returns to the Diamondbacks.
Negotiations with the Boston Red Sox are apparently not going well for J.D. Martinez.
According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the free agent outfielder is not happy with Boston’s five-year, $125 million offer. Boston apparently has not been willing to negotiate at all on that offer, as Martinez is reportedly “fed up” with Boston’s reluctance to negotiate and would prefer to join another club at this point.
The problem for Martinez, as it is for many other free agents, is that Martinez doesn’t have any options. Rosenthal notes he may be posturing to try to get Boston to up their offer, but they lack any real incentive to do so. There are no other known interested parties for Martinez, and that doesn’t appear likely to change anytime soon.