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ESPN's Pedro Gomez reports that a deal between the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez is "done."

It's a five-year, $110 million contract with opt outs after the second and third years of the deal. The deal is front-loaded, as Martinez will make $50 million in the first two years and $72 million in the first three, per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report that there was momentum for a deal between the two sides. The Red Sox and Martinez seemed destined to wind up together even as it took much longer than expected. He will serve as Boston's designated hitter, pushing Hanley Ramirez to first base.
Feb 19 - 5:19 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez are "moving close to a deal."

Heyman cautions that the contract isn't done yet, but it sounds like there is momentum. The particulars of the possible deal aren't known, but it's been reported previously that the Red Sox had been offering a five-year pact in the $100-125 million range. Martinez would serve as Boston's designated hitter, pushing Hanley Ramirez to first base.
Feb 19 - 4:20 PM

According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the Red Sox were still in negotiations for J.D. Martinez on Monday.

There's nothing to indicate that anything is close, but the two sides have been an obvious match all offseason and remain in touch. Something will have to give eventually, though, as Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe wrote earlier Monday that the Red Sox were "prepared to move on entirely or to another player." Of course, that could just be posturing. The Red Sox reportedly have a five-year offer in the $100 million range on the table while the Diamondbacks might not be willing to match such a guarantee.
Feb 19 - 3:29 PM

According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox remain "open" to a deal with free agent slugger J.D. Martinez.

The Red Sox owners defended the team's current roster in a press conference Monday morning, but they haven't ruled out bringing in Martinez if the price is right. It was reported last week that the club is reluctant to improve their current offer, which is believed to be in the range of five years and $100 million. Their need for Martinez is clear, but they appear to be standing firm. In fact, Abraham hears that the club is "prepared to move on entirely or to another player."
Feb 19 - 11:34 AM

Tony Watson is drawing interest from the Giants, Phillies, and Red Sox, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier Tuesday that the Giants were in serious talks with the veteran reliever. According to Heyman, the interest in Watson extends beyond the three teams mentioned. The 32-year-old is coming off a 3.38 ERA and 53/20 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings in 2017. He'd be a fine bullpen addition just about anywhere.
Feb 13 - 2:03 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks have broached "creative" ways to retain free agent slugger J.D. Martinez.

The Red Sox have been viewed as the favorites and are reluctant to improve their offer, which is reportedly in the five-year, $100 million range. The Diamondbacks appear concerned about what giving a big contract to Martinez would mean for their chances of retaining Paul Goldschmidt long-term, but they are still holding out hope to get something done. The specifics of the "creative" offer are unclear, but it's believed they are considering a higher AAV (average annual value) on a shorter contract with opt-outs included. It's unclear if Martinez's agent, Scott Boras, will be receptive to such an offer, but Heyman writes that one Diamondbacks person "expressed a bit more optimism than before" about their chances.
Feb 13 - 1:57 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that agent Scott Boras met with Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick within the past week regarding free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.

Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the two sides have had multiple meetings this offseason, so this doesn't necessarily mean that something is close. However, with pitchers and catchers reporting this week, something will have to give sooner rather than later. Heyman reported late last week that offers from Arizona and Boston "are believed to be at very similar levels," likely in the $115-125 million range. We could be reaching crunch time.
Feb 12 - 10:03 AM

Evan Drellich of NBC Boston reports that Logan Morrison and the Red Sox "have been in touch recently."

Drellich notes that the Red Sox are still viewing J.D. Martinez as their No. 1 priority, but "there is groundwork for alternatives." Morrison looks like a good backup plan and would obviously come at a much cheaper price than Martinez. The former Ray batted .246/.353/.516 with a career-high 38 home runs last season.
Feb 9 - 1:04 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox' and Diamondbacks' offers to J.D. Martinez "are believed to be at very similar levels."

It's been reported that the Red Sox' offer is in the $115-125 million range, and it sounds like the Diamondbacks' offer is in the same ballpark. Obviously, Martinez hasn't deemed either offer good enough and Heyman hears the 30-year-old is willing to wait it out as long as he needs to for more money. Heyman also adds that Martinez enjoyed his time in Arizona and would prefer to play the outfield rather than serve as a designated hitter as he'd be in Boston. However, the Red Sox can likely offer Martinez the most money. Things are currently at a standstill.
Feb 8 - 7:35 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, free agent slugger J.D. Martinez is discussing short-team and long-term offers with the Diamondbacks.

Nightengale doesn't indicate what a short-term or long-term deal could look like with Arizona, but it's certainly interesting news, especially after the report Tuesday of Martinez's frustrations with the Red Sox and their "inflexible" negotiating process. Martinez finished his 2017 campaign with the Diamondbacks, crushing National League pitching to the tune of a 1.107 OPS in 62 games and finishing with 45 total home runs between the D'Backs and Tigers. His bat obviously fits well at Arizona's power-friendly Chase Field.
Feb 7 - 9:32 PM

Super-agent Scott Boras denied Wednesday that J.D. Martinez is unhappy with the Red Sox and their contract negotiations.

Boras told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald that Martinez is "involved in multiple negotiations and is pleased with the participants and the good faith process," and that any suggestions to the contrary are inaccurate. It was reported Tuesday by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that Martinez is fed up with Boston's lack of flexibility at the negotiating table, and that he would prefer to sign with another team. It's still believed that the Red Sox have the highest offer to Martinez at five years, $125 million, but Boras has called that offer inaccurate as well. The saga continues, with spring training quickly approaching.
Feb 7 - 8:51 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Red Sox expressed trade interest in Edwin Encarnacion earlier this winter.

But the Indians reportedly wanted outfielder Jackie Bradley in return and Boston's front office ended the discussion there. Nightengale suggests that the Red Sox may revisit the Encarnacion trade idea if they are unable to land free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, who is said to be "fed up" with Boston's unwillingness to up its long-standing five-year, $125 million offer to him. Encarnacion signed a three-year, $60 million free agent contract with Cleveland last winter and went to slash .258/.377/.504 with 38 home runs and 107 RBI in 157 games.
Source: USA Today
Feb 7 - 1:54 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, free agent J.D. Martinez "is telling people that he is fed up with the Red Sox's inflexibility and would rather sign with another club."

Rosenthal notes that this might be a case of "posturing" on the part of Martinez and his agent Scott Boras, who have both become increasingly frustrated by the lack of action and high-dollar offers on the open market this winter. Boston is still believed to have made the most lucrative proposal to Martinez at five years, $125 million. The 30-year-old slugger began the offseason looking for something closer to seven years, $200 million after tallying 45 homers and 104 RBI in just 119 games last summer between the Tigers and Diamondbacks.
Source: The Athletic
Feb 6 - 11:17 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports the Red Sox are looking to add both a power bat and a left-handed reliever before the start of the season.

Speaking at a charity event, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said, "Ideally we'd like to add power to the lineup, it's not easy to find." The team is believed to have the highest offer on the table for outfielder J.D. Martinez at five years, $125 million. The 30-year-old slugger slashed .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in just 119 games last season with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. Dombrowski said the Red Sox are "ready and willing to move" whenever the free agent market revives.
Feb 2 - 9:16 PM

Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox' offer to J.D. Martinez is for five years and roughly $125 million.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier this week that the Red Sox' offer was for five years and around $100 million, a report that agent Scott Boras shot down through Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Silverman is hearing the number is actually $125 million, which is much better but still way below the $180-210 million Boras reportedly had been seeking. Given how slow the market has been to come around this winter, it seems likely that Martinez and Boras will probably ultimately have to settle for a lot less than they were looking for.
Jan 19 - 3:35 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was told by super-agent Scott Boras that the reported offer from the Red Sox to J.D. Martinez is "not accurate."

On Wednesday afternoon, reports from ESPN's Buster Olney stated that Martinez had been offered a five-year deal by Boston that was "in the range" of $100 million. Heyman doesn't say what part(s) of the offer are inaccurate, but he does mention that the offer seems off based on the $27.5 million per year that Yoenis Cespedes received last offseason. We could still be a while away from seeing Martinez signing with Boston -- or anyone.
Jan 17 - 9:31 PM

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Boston's five-year offer to J.D. Martinez is worth "in the range of" $100 million.

That explains why the marriage hasn't happened yet, as Martinez and his agent Scott Boras are said to be looking for a seven-year contract worth between $180 million and $210 million. There's talk that the 30-year-old free agent slugger might hold out into spring training to get closer to what he wants financially. Martinez batted .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games last season between the Tigers and Diamondbacks.
Jan 17 - 1:44 PM

People close to free agent slugger J.D. Martinez believe he is willing to "hold out certainly into spring training," per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Martinez and his agent Scott Boras want a seven-year contract worth between $180 million and $210 million, but his best offers right now are reportedly for five years and between $120-150 million. One of those five-year offers was made by the Red Sox, who have seemed like the most logical fit for Martinez since the offseason began. Heyman's sources suggest at least one other team has made a five-year offer too. Martinez, 30, batted .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games between the Tigers and Diamondbacks in 2017.
Jan 11 - 9:51 AM

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the Dodgers floated the idea of a Yasiel Puig-for-Jackie Bradley trade earlier this offseason.

Speier writes that the Red Sox "quickly declined, so there were never any substantive conversations to advance a possible exchange." Bradley has been mentioned in trade rumors this winter as Boston seeks more offense, but president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has shot down reports that the outfielder is being shopped. It's hard to imagine the Dodgers being anxious to deal Puig, either, following a season when he hit .263/.346/.487 with 28 homers and played Gold Glove-level defense.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 5 - 12:58 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, J.D. Martinez has received a five-year offer from the Red Sox.

This little tidbit is within the same piece where Nightengale also reports that Eric Hosmer has a seven-year offer from the Padres. Neither player has signed, but things figure to pick up now that the holidays are behind us. While no financial details are being reported by Nightengale, Boston's interest in Martinez comes as no surprise given their need for a middle-of-the-order bat. Both Martinez and Hosmer are represented by Scott Boras.
Source: USA Today
Jan 2 - 2:15 PM


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