After being in a stalemate for months the Red Sox and JD Martinez have finally reached an agreement to bring the superstar outfielder to Boston. Martinez was a huge part of the Dbacks playoff push last year and he put up MVP type numbers. Boston got him at a great price, 5 years $110 million. Definitely a big salary, but nothing that’s going to cripple them financially, and if I’m not mistaken they should be able to stay under the tax threshold. Adding him to a lineup that lacked power last season will help them in that department for sure, even with the deep right field fence taking that element away somewhat. However, JD Martinez should rack up a shit ton of doubles with that wide open right centerfield gap. With Betts, Bogarts, Benintendi, Devers, and Ramirez already in the lineup, JD Martinez will help elevate them to that upper echelon, which includes the Yankees and Astros.
Do I think the Red Sox are now favorites to repeat as AL East champs? No, Yankees are still better in my biased opinion, but this definitely will make things closer in the AL East. That’s how I want it, though. I live for the Yankees Red Sox rivalry in peak form and the Red Sox adding Martinez certainly makes it way more competitive. Also, when the Yankees shit down the Red Sox throat this season they’ll realize how far away they actually are from competing with us. Sorry, I told myself I wouldn’t let the Yankee fan boy side of me come out, I just couldn’t resist. Are the Red Sox better than last year? Yes. Are they now world beaters? Absolutely not. Astros and Yankees are still my picks to be in the ALCS, although the Red Sox did close the gap with this signing.