The Red Sox are set to unveil J.D. Martinez on Monday

The Red Sox are set to unveil J.D. Martinez on Monday


A week after the Red Sox agreed to terms with free-agent J.D. Martinez, the Sox are set to introduce Martinez.  A press conference is scheduled for sometime tomorrow.

We heard many reports that some medical matters had to be resolved before the Red Sox offically inked a deal.  Tonight, Ian Browne of, gave us the details:

After a productive weekend of collaboration between the Red Sox and slugger J.D. Martinez, the sides appear close to formalizing the five-year, $110 million contract that was agreed upon last week, two sources told

A press conference could come as early as Monday morning, which is the one-week anniversary of when the Red Sox and Martinez agreed to terms on a deal that includes opt-outs after the second and third seasons.

Martinez came to Fort Myers on Wednesday for a physical. The Red Sox determined from the physical that Martinez is fully healthy for 2018. However, they spotted an issue that could be of concern at some point over the length of the contract and sought some other medical opinions.

From there, the Red Sox and agent Scott Boras, who represents Martinez, worked through the situation all weekend cooperatively and professionally, as both sides just wanted to protect themselves with additional contract language.

Martinez had a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot last year and a right elbow injury in 2016. It is unknown what the precise medical issue is that delayed the formalization of the much-anticipated union between the Red Sox and Martinez.

This means that the Red Sox took the physical and they saw something with his foot, so they re-wrote the contract to protect themselves in case of an injury in the future.  Jon Heyman reports that the contract details are expected to remain the same at $110 million over 5 years.

I am very glad that this whole deal is over with, so I can focus on watching the Red Sox and looking forward to this season.  This past week, you heard nothing but rumors about Martinez, so it will be nice to scroll through Twitter and actually see tweets about Red Sox Spring Training.


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