By Danny Picard
BOSTON — Part of the responsibility of this job is admitting when you’re wrong. So, here you go. I was wrong about J.D. Martinez.
In fairness though, so was the rest of Major League Baseball.
Martinez, who turns 31 later this month, signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Boston Red Sox in late February. This came several months after his agent, Scott Boras, had told teams that Martinez wanted a contract in the $200-million range.
If you looked at Martinez’ numbers over his previous four seasons, especially last year when he hit 45 home runs and had 104 RBI with a .303 average and a 1.066 OPS, you wouldn’t have thought an asking price of $200 million was too crazy. Needless to say, nobody wanted to pay him that kind of money.
Could it have been the Boras effect? Or maybe teams were saving up for the following winter, when players like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado would be free agents? Perhaps many didn’t believe Martinez would keep hitting 40 home runs into his 30’s? How about all of the above?
Whatever the reason, nobody in Major League Baseball was willing to give Martinez a $200 million deal. That’s just a fact.