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J.D. Martinez | Outfielder | #28

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Nova Southeastern
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 20 (0) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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J.D. Martinez was named a Silver Slugger winner as both an outfielder and a designated hitter on Thursday.
Yep. That's allowed. Your other AL winners: C Salvador Perez, 1B Jose Abreu, 2B Jose Altuve, SS Francisco Lindor, 3B Jose Ramirez, with Mookie Betts and Mike Trout the other outfielders. It's not the first time we've had someone nominated for multiple awards, but it is the first time that we've seen someone win both. It's tough to argue, although ignoring Khris Davis and his fantastic season in favor of Martinez winning two is a bit absurd. There weren't many better hitters in baseball, though, and it's fun to see a bit of history made. Thu, Nov 8, 2018 07:03:00 PM

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Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that J.D. Martinez is likely to test free agency again after the 2019 season.

Martinez signed a five-year, $110 million contract with the Red Sox before the 2018 season. That contract contains opt-outs, and the first of those opt-outs comes after 2019. The 31-year-old was sensational last year while helping Boston win a World Series championship, and while there are some injury and defensive concerns, it's not hard to believe he'd get a boost on the open market in 2020.
Thu, Nov 8, 2018 04:37:00 PM

J.D. Martinez clubbed his third home run of the postseason, and first of the World Series, as the Red Sox defeated the Dodgers on Sunday to secure the World Series title.

Martinez crushed a solo shot to center field off of Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning, extending his club's lead to 4-1. He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4. The MVP-candidate had himself a very nice postseason for the Red Sox as well, slashing .300/.403/.520 with three homers and 14 RBI.
Sun, Oct 28, 2018 11:19:00 PM

J.D. Martinez was named the Hank Aaron Award winner in the American League for 2018.

The Award recognizes the top hitter in each league. Christian Yelich took home the honor in the senior circuit. Martinez is absolutely worthy of the honor, after slashing a robust .330/.402/.629 with 43 homers and a league-leading 130 RBI during the regular season. He's also considered one of the favorites for the American League MVP Award, though his station as a designated hitter is likely to hurt his chances there against all-around superstars like teammate Mookie Betts.
Fri, Oct 26, 2018 07:19:00 PM

J.D. Martinez (ankle) is starting in left field and batting cleanup for the Red Sox in Friday's World Series Game 3 versus the Dodgers.

Martinez aggravated his sore right ankle while running the bases during the Game 2, but he remained in that contest and is back in there for Game 3 even with the designated hitter spot not available. Andrew Benentendi will come off the bench.
Fri, Oct 26, 2018 04:52:00 PM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters on Thursday that no final decision has been made in terms of J.D. Martinez (ankle) playing in the outfield.

With the series moving to Los Angeles, the Red Sox will be without the ability to DH Martinez. When asked by reporters whether or not Martinez's ankle was feeling well enough to be in the outfield, Cora responded with a "we'll see." The 31-year-old aggravated his sore right ankle while running the bases during the Game 2 win over the Dodgers. It'd be surprising if the MVP candidate wasn't in the lineup for Friday's contest, but it's not a lock, and the situation certainly deserves monitoring.
Thu, Oct 25, 2018 07:56:00 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run single Wednesday in Boston's World Series Game 2 win over the Dodgers.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning, Martinez shot a ball into right field that landed in front of Yasiel Puig, who was probably playing way too deep. The two-run base knock put the Red Sox up 4-2, which would stand as the final score. Martinez is slashing .333/.429/.538 with 13 RBI in 11 postseason games. He's expected to start in the outfield now with the Fall Classic shifting to Dodger Stadium.
Wed, Oct 24, 2018 11:34:00 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer and went 2-for-3 in a Game 5 win over the Astros on Thursday in the ALCS.

Martinez walloped a homer off of Justin Verlander to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third. The slugger also drew a walk, and it was a continuation of what Martinez did all of 2018: Get on base and hit for power. He'll be the designated hitter for the Red Sox in Game 1 and 2 of the World Series, and then likely start in the outfield when the series transitions to the National League.
Thu, Oct 18, 2018 11:52:00 PM

J.D. Martinez crushed a three-run homer in the first inning on Friday, powering the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Martinez got things started with a bang, tagging Yankees' starter J.A. Happ for the three-run shot in the game's opening inning. He nearly replicated the feat in his next at-bat, coming up a few feet short on a deep shot to right center. He also singled in the game, finishing the night 2-for-4. Martinez now has four home runs and nine RBI in his first eight career postseason games.
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 11:28:00 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in a 10-2 rout of the Yankees on Sunday.

A strong way to finish the year for one of the best offensive players in baseball. Martinez blasted his 43rd homer of the year off of Jonathan Loaisiga, and he finishes the regular season with an impressive 130 RBI over 150 games, with six steals for good measure. There's not much left to say about Martinez. His ability to hit for average, power and produce runs is as good as there is in baseball, and it'll be on display again for the Red Sox in 2019. A chance to bring home a World Series title comes next, however.
Sun, Sep 30, 2018 06:51:00 PM

J.D. Martinez is not in the starting lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

Martinez hit his 42nd homer of the season in game one, and in a game that couldn't possibly have less meaning, he will get the day off. Rafael Devers will be the designated hitter against the Orioles in the second game, and Brock Holt will play the hot corner.
Wed, Sep 26, 2018 05:54:00 PM

J.D. Martinez belted his 42nd home run of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the Orioles.

It was a three-run blast in the bottom of the fourth inning off Orioles reliever John Means. Martinez also collected a double and a single in the blowout victory, finishing 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored.
Wed, Sep 26, 2018 04:28:00 PM

J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in the Red Sox' comeback win over the Yankees on Thursday.

Martinez kicked off the scoring in this one with an RBI single, plating Mookie Betts from third base in the first inning. He also swiped second base, his sixth steal of the year, later in the frame. The 31-year-old slugger is hitting .331/.400/.629 with 106 runs scored, 41 homers and 124 RBI in 622 plate appearances. He leads the majors in RBI and only trails Athletics outfielder Khris Davis by two homers with only nine games left in the season. The possibility of a Triple Crown is still alive.
Thu, Sep 20, 2018 11:48:00 PM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-3 but couldn't generate any scoring as his team got thrashed by the Yankees on Wednesday.

All three hits were singles as he inches closer to a batting title and possibly a Triple Crown as well. His .331 batting average trails Mookie Betts by .003 with less than two weeks to go in the season. His 41 home runs trail league leader Khris Davis by two. Martinez leads the majors with 123 RBI, eight more than Davis.
Wed, Sep 19, 2018 11:00:00 PM

J.D. Martinez is not in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

He and Xander Bogaerts are both getting a breather. The Red Sox have Steve Pearce in the designated hitter spot and Brock Holt at shortstop.
Sun, Sep 16, 2018 11:11:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Christian Vazquez
2Sandy Leon
3Blake Swihart
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Steve Pearce
3Sam Travis
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
3Tony Renda
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Tzu-Wei Lin
3B1Rafael Devers
2Eduardo Nunez
3Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Mookie Betts
2Bryce Brentz
DH1J.D. Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Steven Wright
7Brian Johnson
8Erasmo Ramirez
9Travis Lakins
Relief Pitcher
R1Matt Barnes
2Marco Hernandez
3Ryan Brasier
4Tyler Thornburg
5Hector Velazquez
6Steven Wright
7Brandon Workman
8Bobby Poyner
9Colten Brewer
10Josh Taylor
11Domingo Tapia
12Zach Putnam
13Ryan Weber