The wait is over for J.D. Martinez and Dr. Scott Boras. The Boston Red Sox have signed the outfielder/designated hitter to a 5-year deal worth $110 million after a long negotiation process. Martinez is coming off a career year in which he hit 45 home runs between his time with the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Boston, despite doing a great job producing runs in 2017, struggled to hit for power. Mookie Betts led the team with 24 long balls, nearly half of what Martinez provided on his own last year.
As Boston looks to move deeper in the postseason during life after David Ortiz, Martinez could be the answer. He is still a big question mark, but the Red Sox made a great move by avoiding the much higher price tag Boras was reportedly offering. Martinez will likely bat third in the lineup and add significant power to the Boston lineup.