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Red Sox Get Their Man, Sign J.D. Martinez to Five-Year Deal

The wait is finally over. Free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez has agreed to terms with the Red Sox on a five-year deal worth $110 million. The contract is front-loaded with an opt-out clause after the second year of the contract.

First off, this is a great move for the Boston Red Sox, who have been looking for a big power bat to plop in the middle of the lineup since David Ortiz retired following the 2016 season. Now, they have that bat. This lineup was already looking good before this signing, with the likes of Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, and the recently signed Eduardo Nunez in the fold. However, since Hanley Ramirez can’t seem to figure it out, the Sox were missing a right-handed power bat like Martinez.

It’s likely that Martinez slots in at cleanup between lefties Benintendi and Devers, which gives the Red Sox one of the best 3-4-5 combinations in the Major Leagues. It might not be as good as the Yankees, but it’s still pretty damn good.

For a fantasy perspective, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better landing spot for Martinez. Leave Colorado out of this. Fenway Park has always played favorably to right-handed power, and that shouldn’t be any different with Martinez. His swing generates good loft and very hard contact, demonstrated by his 43.2 FB% and 49.0% hard contact rate, the latter of which led the Major Leagues last season. Don’t be surprised if Martinez comes close to the 45 homers he clubbed last season.

The biggest loser from this signing as it stands now is Ramirez, who goes from starting DH to platooning at first base with Mitch Moreland. A platooning Hanley isn’t worth drafting in standard leagues. There’s also a chance that Dave Dombrowski could move Jackie Bradley Jr., thus opening a corner outfield spot for Martinez, but that remains to be seen.

Current Fantrax ADP data has Martinez’s ADP at 26.36 as the eighth outfielder off the board. In my 2018 rankings, I had him ninth, but this signing moves him up ahead of George Springer into eight, right behind Cody Bellinger.

I hope you can use this article to your advantage and get a leg up on your fellow league members.  Got a question that I didn’t cover here? Then follow me on Twitter @EricCross04 and ask there.

Previous Hot Stove Analysis

Padres Land Eric Hosmer

Rays Acquire C.J. Cron, Designate Corey Dickerson

Jake Odorizzi Traded to the Twins

Mets Sign Jason Vargas

Eduardo Nunez Inks Deal with Red Sox

Blue Jays Sign Jaime Garcia

Orioles Sign Andrew Cashner

Cardinals Add Bud Norris to Crowded Bullpen

Cubs Get Their Ace, Sign Yu Darvish

Mets Add Todd Frazier on Two-Year Deal

Diamondbacks Sign Alex Avila

Royals and Athletics Swap Parts

Brewers Sign Lorenzo Cain

Miami Sends Christian Yelich to Brewers

Giants Sign Austin Jackson

Blue Jays Acquire Randal Grichuk

Blue Jays Sign Curtis Granderson

Giants Trade for Andrew McCutchen

Astros Acquire Gerrit Cole

Twins Grab Their Closer, Sign Addison Reed

Mets Bring Back Jay Bruce on Three-Year Deal

Toronto Acquires Yangervis Solarte from San Diego

Royals, Dodgers, and White Sox Complete Three-Way Trade

Rockies Fill Closer Vacancy with Wade Davis

Arizona Adds Bullpen Depth with Yoshihisa Hirano

Indians Fill First-Base Void with Yonder Alonso

Brewers Bolster Rotation with Jhoulys Chacin

Orioles Lose Zach Britton, Brad Brach Likely Closer

Giants Add Evan Longoria, Rays Create a Mess

Red Sox Bring Back Mitch Moreland

CC Sabathia Returns to Yankees

Dodgers-Braves Make Five-Player Trade

Angels in the Infield: Zack Cozart Signs with Los Angeles

Phillies Ink Carlos Santana to Three-Year Deal

Everyone’s Signing Relievers, But Who Will Close?

Angels Trade for Ian Kinsler

Cardinals Finally Get Their Marlins Outfielder

Cubs and Twins Gamble on Smyly and Pineda

Chase Headley Gets Dumped on Padres

Cubs and Cardinals Add Potential Closers

Giancarlo Stanton Joins Yankees

Rockies Sign Chris Iannetta

Angels Land Shohei Ohtani

Tigers Sign Mike Fiers

Dee Gordon Traded to Mariners

Cubs Sign Tyler Chatwood

Rangers Sign Mike Minor

Wellington Castillo Inks Deal with White Sox

Potential Closers Traded: Boxberger and Johnson

Doug Fister Signs with Rangers

Ryon Healy Traded to Mariners



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