JD Martinez, Boston Red Sox agree to $110 million, 5-year deal

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge left and Giancarlo Stanton stretch at baseball spring training camp Monday Feb. 19 2018 in Tampa Fla

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. As a result, he signed a front-loaded five-year deal totaling $110 million. Martinez agreed to a five-year contract and can opt out of the deal after two seasons. 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. He batted.303 with a.376 on-base percentage, .690 slugging percentage, 1.066 OPS, 45 homers, 26 doubles, three triples and 104 RBIs in 119 games previous year (489 plate appearances). In just 62 games, Martinez hit 29 homers.

For Boston, Martinez figures to slot in the batting lineup at either three or the cleanup spot.

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When the Boston Red Sox host their first home game of the season, Yawkey Way may have a new name. He will be the first power-hitting threat for a Boston offense that hasn't been the same since David Ortiz retired after 2016. Ramirez, meanwhile, appears destined to platoon at first base with veteran Mitch Moreland. That leaves only designated hitter, a position now occupied by Hanley Ramirez and his $22 million contract. He came into Spring Training in great shape after using the TB12 diet in the offseason, and if he can keep hitting like he did at the end of last season, new manager Alex Cora will have a very good problem on his hands.

Ultimately, both sides should be pleased with this deal. The 32-year-old outfielder has a.263 average in eight seasons with Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Milwaukee and Detroit. Sure, they'll have to cough up money in the short-term, but they maintain long-term flexibility.

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Mason Raymond and Rene Bourque scored for Canada, which wraps up preliminary-round play Sunday against South Korea. Scrivens stopped a shot by Michal Birner, but Jordan grabbed the back before pushing it into the net.

Also on Monday, the D-backs signed centerfielder Jarrod Dyson to a two-year contract reportedly worth $7.5 million.

The move helps the Red Sox counter the huge deal their biggest rivals pulled off in December.

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