JD Martinez to sign with Red Sox

Posted February 20, 2018

He regressed last season, though, while struggling with some back trouble and posting a 4.14 ERA in 28 starts.

The Red Sox already had the highest payroll in the majors, totaling over $200 million. He has a career.282 batting average with 152 career home runs.

Obviously, Martinez getting $50 million over the first two years of his deal is quite the payday.

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Arizona announced the contract late Monday afternoon, shortly after the Red Sox reached agreement on a five-year, $110 million contract with Martinez. Martinez finally has a home for the 2018 season.

The Red Sox went on to win their second straight division title.

Entering last season's camp, Boston was tabbed as the AL East favorite after landing one of the biggest prizes in ace lefty Chris Sale during the winter meetings.

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The Red Sox' team salary for luxury tax purposes was in the $210 million region before adding Martinez, so with a $22 million annual average value, the Red Sox should be able to remain under the $237 million mark, avoiding a costly penalty of 10 spots on their first-round draft pick and the loss of worldwide bonus money. He had a breakthrough season past year, hitting.303 and setting career highs with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs for the Tigers and Diamondbacks. Martinez began the year with the Detroit Tigers but was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks mid-season. Martinez slammed 29 homers and drove in 65 runs in 62 games with Arizona, including a record-tying four home runs at Los Angeles on September 4.

With that one game serving as an effective snapshot of his '17 campaign, here's a look back on that fateful night in Hollywood, one that put Martinez's all-fields power on full display. Barring an injury to Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., or Mookie Betts, Martinez figures to be in the lineup as a DH most days. Though it won't be easy with the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians and archrival New York Yankees, all locked and loaded for the upcoming season, the Red Sox can feel reassured that they can compete for a World Series championship.

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