Red Sox, JD Martinez finalize $110M contract

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder J.D. Martinez smiles a he answers a question during a news conference at Chase Field Tuesday Oct. 3 2017 in Phoenix as the team gets ready for a National League wild card playoff baseball game. The Diamondbacks host

Red Sox, JD Martinez contract signing delayed by language

The Red Sox were considered the most likely suitor for Martinez all offseason, and some of their fans became a bit antsy early on. The 30-year-old recently agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract after a monthslong wait filled with speculation on why he was still on the market.

Martinez, a right-handed batter and veteran of seven major league seasons with Houston, Detroit and Arizona, split 2017 with the Tigers and Diamondbacks.

Martinez, an outfielder who is expected to be primarily a designated hitter in Boston, gives the Red Sox a much-needed jolt in the middle of the lineup after they hit the fewest homers of any team in the American League last season. "We not only got better lineup-wise and on the field, what he brings in that clubhouse, the way he prepares, I'm looking forward to him connecting with players, help young players". "I've been healthy since last, when was it, May that I got back from the D.L. That's going to be an asset for us".

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"At this time of year you're in a spot where everybody's not in one place for your physical", Dombrowski said.

Martinez said he visited Boston for an exam last week while the team and his agents worked through medical and legal issues. "And then it was a matter of being in a position for us to complete the language of the contract". As noted by Abraham and colleague Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox took "extra measures with the contract to ensure they are protected financially in the event of injury".

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