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JD Martinez finally introduced as newest Red Sox slugger

02 March, 2018, 05:50 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Since news broke last week that the two sides had reached a five-year deal worth $110 million, rumors have swirled that Martinez's physical uncovered a problem.

Added agent Scott Boras, "It was not an adversarial process".

MLB.com reported Sunday that the Red Sox are not anxious about Martinez's current health, but the exam revealed a problem that might arise down the road. We all wanted to execute an agreement that we all thought was in the best interests of both J.D. and the Red Sox. "He always knew that it was more on him than he was given at that time, and he was always trying to get better", Ramirez said. "We not only got better lineup-wise and on the field, what he brings in that clubhouse, the way he prepares, I'm looking forward to him connecting with players, help young players". "The idea of this really is clarity". In just 62 games with Arizona, Martinez clubbed 29 home runs, drove in 65 and slashed.302/.366/.741 while posting an impressive 1.107 OPS while helping the D-backs to their first postseason appearance since 2011.

Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez is sick of hearing about the Yankees. He'll slot into either the third or fourth spot in the lineup, per manager Alex Cora. "The way he barrels the ball. he's not only a home run hitter, he's a complete hitter".

Known for his studiousness in the video room and keeping notebooks filled with scouting reports on pitchers, Martinez has been among the most productive hitters in the majors since he was released by the Houston Astros at the end of spring training in 2014.

But the Red Sox were seeking protections for the final years of the contract "in case there's a disabling injury".

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