Tuesday, July 17, 2018

REPORT: J.D. Martinez "Open" To Restructuring Deal Long-Term With Red Sox

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As reported by Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, J.D. Martinez is "open" to re-structuring his deal with the Red Sox—which currently has opt-outs after next season, and the two seasons that follow that. When asked about whether he's considering canceling the opt-outs, Martinez said, "Absolutely. It obviously would have to be discussed later. I've liked my time there. It's been fun so far, so I don't see why not. I like the front office. I like the manager. I like everything, the way it's run. I think it's trending in a really good way. I wouldn't mind staying there." This, of course, is music to the ears of Red Sox fans everywhere—As J.D. pretty much leads the world in every offensive category at the break. Gaining a more defined commitment from the 30-year-old slugger would solidify the Red Sox as a credible force for years to come. Apparently, Martinez does not mind the "environment" in Boston that has made other superstars wither. He went on, "[It's] the fans, the passion, the environment you get to play every day in. They love their baseball and love their team. They'll die with them and they'll live with them." Sounds like he gets it.