Wednesday, February 14, 2018

D'Backs Getting "Creative" To Bring Back J.D. Martinez

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Dave Dombrowski's high-stakes poker game with Uber-Agent Scott Boras may have a few new chips on the table. Multiple reports indicate that the Arizona Diamondbacks are getting "creative" in their attempt to bring back free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez—who helped them reach the post-season in 2017. Reportedly, this would include a higher average annual value (AAV) contract over a shorter term of years—including player opt-outs. Whether this flies with Boras is another matter—since he is seeking up to a six or seven-year contract for Martinez. The main reason for Arizona's creativity is that they want to make sure they enough dough to keep their real superstar—Paul Goldschmidt. It remains to be seen which organization wants Martinez more. Goodness knows, the Red Sox desperately need his bat in their punch-less lineup.