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The Boston Red Sox finally acquire the big bat for the lineup that they have desperately needed: agreeing to terms with top free agent JD Martinez. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million deal.

The contract with Boston reportedly contains two opt-out clauses for Martinez, the first of which comes after just two seasons - giving him the option of retesting free agency at a point when the market may be more robust.

Other than that, though, the roster went almost untouched, with the Red Sox re-signing first baseman Mitch Moreland and utility infielder Eduardo Nunez and not yet adding a player who wasn't part of last year's group. ESPN's Buster Olney said Monday morning that he believes the two sides will come to an agreement soon.

NY made a big splash by acquiring power-hitter Giancarlo Stanton, while the Red Sox basically just changed their coaching staff.

Martinez earned MVP votes last season after hitting.303 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI while splitting time with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. Henry and Werner also suggested the Red Sox could wind up with the highest payroll in baseball this year, especially if they eventually land Martinez, as most insiders still expect they will.

The Red Sox and Yankees took different approaches this offseason. He's averaged 32 home runs a year since 2014, with an average 149+ OPS and a slash line of.300/.362/.574 with a.936 OPS in that span.

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So Sox fans shouldn't hold their breath for J.D. Martinez?

The deal is not quite what Martinez envisioned at the start of the season.

Another Scott Boras client, Eric Hosmer, signed an eight-year, $144 million deal with the Padres this past weekend - which led to immediate speculation that a Martinez deal could be coming quick. The point is you make space for a masher like Martinez, and the Sox will find a way. The Red Sox also scored 93 fewe runs in 2017 than the year prior.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances previous year.

Martinez played a large part in the team getting to 93 wins last season, the club's best since 2011.


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