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Davey Lopes retires

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Former major league second baseman and base coach Davey Lopes has retired, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports. In a recent appearance on MLB.com’s Newsmakers podcast, Lopes said, “I’m not doing much. I’m retired, taking it easy.”

Lopes continued, “It was not a difficult decision to make, but one I was kind of hesitant to make. But it all works out. I got the opportunity to play, manage, or coach for a long, long time. I’m extremely thankful. I was one of the lucky ones in the big leagues for 45 straight years. That’s a long time. I have no complaints.”

Lopes retired as a player after the 1987 season. He began coaching in the majors from 1992-94 with the Orioles, then joined the Padres from 1995-99 before taking over as Brewers manager from 2000-02. He returned to coach the Padres from 2003-05, the Nationals in ’06, the Phillies from ’07-10, the Dodgers from ’11-15, and was the Nationals’ first base coach the last two seasons.

The Nationals have replaced Lopes with Tim Bogar.

Lopes is considered by many to have been among the best coaches. In particular, he is credited for the Phillies of the late 2000’s having so much base running success, helping them win a championship in 2008. The Phillies led the league in stolen base success rate in each of his four seasons as their coach.

Report: J.D. Martinez signing delayed by medical issue

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The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.

For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.

While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”