As expected, J.D. Martinez‘s contract with the Red Sox was made official this morning. Soon afterward Martinez, his agent Scott Boras and Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski met the press.
The deal was agreed to last week, but there was a delay due to a change in contract language regarding a sprained foot which Martinez suffered last spring. Specifically, if he has a stint of 120 days or more on the disabled list due to the foot injury, the team will have “protection,” though it’s not clear what that is. Probably the right to hold back salary. For what it’s worth, all involved in the presser say that Martinez is healthy and that they have no conerns.
For Martinez’s part, he gets multiple opt-outs in the deal, following his second, third and fourth year under contract. The pact still stands as a a five-year, $110 million contract.
Now that that’s all done, Martinez can begin spring training. Expect to see him in a Red Sox lineup sometime in the next few days.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.