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J.D Martinez signs with the Boston Red Sox

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It appears he will not be returning to the Diamondbacks in 2018.

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Jon Heyman was the first to report this afternoon that a deal between slugging outfielder J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox was reportedly near, saying, “JD Martinez and Red Sox are moving close to a deal. not done yet.” Nick Piecoro confirmed subsequently that the Arizona Diamondbacks were “hearing the same things,” adding that it looks as if the D-backs will “have to find a replacement, as was expected all along.” But ESPN’s Pedro Gomez is the first to say, citing a “reliable” source”, that complete agreement has been reached. Per Gomez, it’s a five-year deal with an opt-out after two years. Jon Morosi says it’s worth $110 million in total, loaded towards the early seasons.

Martinez had arguably the greatest second-half in franchise history for the D-backs, batting .302 with 29 home-runs after coming over from the Detroit Tigers. There had been some hopes he could be re-signed here, with agent Scott Boras remaining in contact with owner Ken Kendrick, and “getting creative” on possible financing deals. But that remote possibility has now been snuffed out. It does appear the team will be looking elsewhere to fortify their outfield for the coming season. Michael wrote about the possibility of perhaps trading for Corey Dickerson, but there are a number of other candidates out there.