After a few weeks to ponder his decision, Martinez decided to not opt-out of his contract and stay in Boston.
One of the first moves of the Red Sox offseason came earlier this afternoon when designated hitter J.D. Martinez decided to not opt-out of his contract with the Red Sox. Since the conclusion of the 2019 season, many believed that Martinez would opt-out of his contract and become a free agent this offseason, seeking a bigger deal elsewhere.
However, J.D. could opt-out following the next two seasons. The team and Martinez could reach a deal by then eliminating the opt-outs. To catch you up on all the contract language, I’ll drop a few tweets from Chris Cotillo below.
Another interesting thing to point out is that in his contract, the Red Sox DH can create a three-team no trade list every offseason. He and his agent, Scott Boras, will likely list the teams that have a DH need to give Martinez more leverage. If the Red Sox wanted to trade Martinez, they’ll have to work around that obstacle.
Right now, J.D. Martinez is on the 2020 Red Sox roster. That, along with many other things for the Red Sox, could change in the coming months. I won’t go into full detail – Cody will get his full thoughts on the announcement tomorrow, which I believe will portray my opinion on the news as well.
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