Another Scott Boras client, Eric Hosmer, signed an eight-year, $144 million deal with the Padres this past weekend - which led to immediate speculation that a Martinez deal could be coming quick. In 119 games previous year, split between Detroit and Arizona, Martinez hit 45 home runs and knocked in 104 runs with an OPS of 1.066. He started the year in Detroit but was traded to the Diamondbacks before the July 31 trade deadline.
The Red Sox roster looks nearly identical to last year's, but John Henry asserts plenty of changes have been made this offseason. He hit 5 home runs with 30 RBI in 111 games with the Mariners.
Gennett hit.295 a year ago and set career bests with 27 homers and 97 RBIs in his first season with the Reds. Signing Martinez also won't cost the Red Sox any compensatory draft picks or any worldwide budget space because he wasn't eligible for a qualifying offer from the Diamondbacks. With 9 DRS last season and speed on the basepaths, the 27-year-old presented a great option for the Giants, but their unwillingness to part ways with prospect Heliot Ramos proved to be a roadblock in negotiations.
While in Arizona, Martinez went on a tear, hitting 29 of his 45 home runs with his new team. Martinez finally has a home for the 2018 season.
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NOTES: Former Red Sox players Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe and Mike Lowell were all working with players.
While a return to the Arizona Diamondbacks remained in the cards throughout the offseason, the Red Sox have also remained on Martinez's radar as Boston attempts to keep up with the power of the arch rival New York Yankees.
A marriage between Martinez and Boston makes all the sense in the world. He was one of Baltimore's top pitchers the previous five years, going 65-33 with a 3.81 earned run average in 143 starts.
Clearly, the Red Sox haven't had much luck signing free agents to big deals over the past few seasons.
In the meantime, there's no other way to slice it: Martinez is a good (and necessary) get for the Red Sox.