One of the big questions in the offseason for the Boston Red Sox has finally been answered. JD Martinez will not be opting out of his contract. He will remain with the Red Sox, and have another opportunity to opt out at the end of 2020. The first to report this was Jon Heyman of MLB network via Twitter.
It was an interesting decision for JD Martinez. He has 3 years and $62.5 million remaining on his contract and will be heading into his age 32 season. If you recall, Martinez had a rough go of it in free agency before signing with the Red Sox in 2018. The market for his services never materialized, especially given his defensive limitations.
He ended up signing with the Red Sox, and it took until Spring Training to finalize the deal. Martinez certainly did not think he would fair ah better on the market this time around. It is highly likely the Red Sox would have offered a qualifying offer to Martinez, making it much more likely that he would have a harder time finding a job elsewhere.
For what it is worth JD Martinez has been worth every single penny the Red Sox have paid him thus far. He has really helped guys around him become better hitters and really took Rafael Devers under his wing this past year. JD has been no slouch at the plate either. He has clubbed 79 home runs with a slash line of .317/.392/.593. He has also won two silver sluggers, one at designated hitter and the other in right field.
The Red Sox might not be getting the salary relief that they want without JD opting out of his contract. They are, however, keeping one of the best hitters in the game. Time will tell how the offseason shakes out and this was one of the bigger questions heading into it.