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Red Sox sign JD Martinez after long pursuit

20 February 2018, 08:12 | Stacy Ballard

Modal Trigger Giancarlo Stanton and J.D. Martinez Charles Wenzelberg AP

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Martinez might settle for a little more than $100 million in guaranteed money from the Red Sox. Heyman also reported it is not done and the details about the deal are unknown. Martinez and his agent Scott Boras were aiming for something in the $200 million range for five or six years of his service, which was never going to be the case, but something lower than $120 million would be seen as a huge deal for the Sox in any other offseason.

Over his career, Martinez is a.285 hitter with 152 home runs and 476 RBIs in seven seasons.

With a remastered swing, Martinez hit.315 with 23 homers in just 480 plate appearances in '14, and since joining the Tigers ranks seventh in the majors with a.936 OPS and sixth with 128 homers.

J.D. Martinez #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts at the end of the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2017 in Los Angeles.

In Phoenix, Martinez's power was on display.

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Quick: Which ballplayer had the most recent four-homer game? In 119 games split with Detroit and Arizona last season, he hit a career best 45 home runs and 145 RBI.

J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have, at long last, come to an agreement. "JD Martinez is a Red Sox". Martinez definitely could help Boston in that category. Barring an injury to Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., or Mookie Betts, Martinez figures to be in the lineup as a DH most days. One man can't fix every issue in that lineup but he'll give them the boost they've been looking for, a step up that they could really use.

With many teams adopting "file and trial" strategies, the only players who reached agreements after the January 12 exchange of proposed salaries were Houston outfielder George Springer, Baltimore second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and Pittsburgh reliever Felipe Rivero. Unfortunately, a slow free-agent market has kept him unsigned even as teams report to spring training.

As Boston looks to move deeper in the postseason during life after David Ortiz, Martinez could be the answer. The point is you make space for a masher like Martinez, and the Sox will find a way.

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