September 17, 2021

Boston Red Sox: J.D. Martinez Opting in Just Made the Offseason More Complicated (Baseball Essential)

A significant domino was set to fall for the Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon, and that piece was J.D. Martinez and his looming decision of whether to opt into the remaining $62.5 million on his contract.

On Monday afternoon, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that Martinez decided to opt-in and remain with the Red Sox for the 2020 season.

This means that Martinez will earn $23.5 million for the 2020 season, all of which will count against Boston’s luxury tax payroll. The team’s top brass, including principal owner John Henry and team president Sam Kennedy, have publicly stated that they aim to keep the team’s payroll under the $208 million threshold in 2020.

The team, as well as its fan base, find themselves in an extremely odd situation with Martinez. On one hand, all of Red Sox Nation should be thrilled at the reality of retaining one of the most dangerous and impactful right-handed…

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