This is interesting, both for what it means for J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox and for what it means for this odd offseason. It was widely reported earlier this offseason that free agent slugger J.D. Martinez was given a $125 million offer by the Boston Red Sox, who are seen as his primary suitor. Many have taken Martinez’s unwillingness to accept such an offer as unreasonable, and have used that decision as evidence that the slow offseason market is more a function of players’ delusions as to their value as opposed to teams lowballing them or not making offers. This afternoon, however, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reported that, according to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox’ offer to Martinez is closer to $100M than $125M. The exact numbers were not reported. I will grant that “closer to $100 million” is still a lot of money. Further, it is not for me to say that J.D. Martinez is not worth that or that he is clearly worth more. Martinez is a weird free agent who has defensive liabilities and is not the youngest guy out there but who slugs like crazy and fits the Red Sox particularly well. Maybe $100 million is a great offer. Maybe it’s light. I don’t make commission off of him, so I sorta don’t care.
J.D. Martinez’s offer from the Red Sox was not quite as big as reported
Hardball Talk | Feb 13