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Red Sox officially sign slugger JD Martinez to 5-year contract

01 March, 2018, 04:55 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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More than a week after word leaked out that the slugging outfielder would indeed sign a 5-year deal worth $110 million with the Red Sox, Boston finally introduced him Monday morning at a press conference in Florida.

At long last, J.D. Martinez is officially a member of the Red Sox. Presumably, the Red Sox had some safeguards put into the contract to protect them against whatever spooked them with the results of Martinez's physical. So J.D. did fly to Boston one time to be checked out there. and then it was a matter of us being able to be there to add some language to the contract.

"I'm expecting hopefully to do a lot of damage", Martinez said.

Despite battling an injury, Martinez slashed.303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs in just 119 games last season.

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It took nearly a week longer than he expected, involved a trip to Boston and a few marathon negotiating sessions by agent Scott Boras, and even required shopping for extra clothes.

"He's not only a home run hitter, he's a complete hitter", Cora said. Martinez was sidelined for much of that summer after he sustained an elbow injury running into an outfield wall.

"I've been studying the Red Sox's lineup, and it's a strong lineup", he said. Martinez has spent little time at designated hitter in his career - but his Detroit teams already had a full-time designated hitter in Victor Martinez, and the Arizona team he helped propel to the playoffs last season is in the National League. "At the end of the day, it's part of the process, and I'm here now and ready to get going". And like most other free-agent signings, he's expressing excitement to play for perhaps the most passionate fanbase in baseball.

Now that that's all done, Martinez can begin spring training. As noted by Abraham and colleague Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox took "extra measures with the contract to ensure they are protected financially in the event of injury".

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