David Wright “felt good” after taking grounders on his knees

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David Wright hasn’t been cleared for full baseball activities as he recovers from a lower back stress fracture, but he fielded ground balls from his knees yesterday and made about 20 throws, telling Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York afterward that he “felt good.”

Mazzeo reports that Wright will spend today riding an exercise bike and then go through a similarly limited workout tomorrow before a visit to the doctor to hopefully be cleared for further activities in extended spring training.

Initially the Mets were optimistic that he’d miss just a couple weeks, but Wright has already been out for more than a month and is still no sure thing to be back in the lineup before the All-Star break.

Report: Red Sox, J.D. Martinez close to a deal

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox and outfielder J.D. Martinez are close to a deal. He takes care to note that the deal is not done yet and the details are not known yet.

Martinez, 30, entered the offseason as the top free agent hitter. Last season, between the Tigers and Diamondbacks, he hit a lusty .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances. He missed the first 33 games of the season with a sprained right foot; one wonders what his numbers might’ve been like if he hadn’t been injured.

The Red Sox were the team most strongly linked to Martinez throughout the offseason, despite the relatively slow-moving market. Martinez said he wants to play in the outfield and the Red Sox are currently spoken for at all three positions with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, and Mookie Betts. Hanley Ramirez is also penciled in at DH. Should the Martinez deal become official, the Red Sox may try to trade Bradley and move Benintendi to center field.

The AL East is shaping up to be a familiar two-horse race between the Red Sox and Yankees. The addition of Martinez, in a way, answers the Yankees’ addition of Giancarlo Stanton.