The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million deal with outfielder Jarrod Dyson. The 30-year-old Martinez has changed his swing to improve his launch angle and become one of the top home-run threats. The Red Sox, last in the American League in home runs in 2017 (following the retirement of David Ortiz), sought power and had an opening at designated hitter.
The only remaining question is this: how far will the Red Sox go behind the bat of J.D. Martinez?
But the type of money Martinez and his agent were reportedly seeking made it hard for the D-backs and Martinez to reach an agreement. Jon Morosi of MLB Network was told Martinez's contract is front-loaded and worth $110 million over five years. In 119 games split with Detroit and Arizona last season, he hit a career best 45 home runs and 145 RBI.
Hours after Red Sox owner John Henry said talk of collusion in free-agent negotiations was "ridiculous", his team made a splash by reaching agreement with slugger J.D. Martinez on a $110 million, five-year contract. The Red Sox had reportedly offered Martinez a similar deal last month, but talks between the parties had stalled, likely over his desire for a longer contract. The Red Sox also could trade Bradley to open right field for Martinez.More news: 7th-grader shoots himself at OH school
Dyson hit.251 and stole 28 bases for Seattle last season. Alex Speir of The Boston Globe reports that the two sides are working around an agreement on a five-year deal. Benoit broke into the majors in 2001 and has gone 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves in 764 appearances, including 709 relief outings.
Players finished with a winning record for the second time in three years, but only their fourth since 1996. Dyson is a lifetime.258 hitter with 12 home runs, 131 RBIs and 204 steals in eight big league seasons, the first seven with the Royals.
Quick: Which ballplayer had the most recent four-homer game? Martinez is expected to DH.