We’re at the point of the summer where we’ve hit the MLB All-Star break. And this year the Red Sox have three representatives. One of those representatives will be J.D. Martinez who will be batting fifth and will be the starting DH for the American League in the 2019 Summer Classic.
But yesterday during some media availability, the Red Sox designated hitter who is in his second year with the ballclub gave us some context regarding his upcoming offseason where he can choose to opt-out of his current contract.
Martinez’s current deal–negotiated by high profile agent Scott Boras–allows him to opt-out following either the 2019 or 2020 season. When addressing this possibility with the media, Martinez expressed his desire to stay with the Red Sox for the remainder of his career if possible.
“Boston has been my favorite team since I was a kid and I’ve always dreamt of being there. I love the family side of it and the way they treat their players and the way they act. It’s just a first-class organization and obviously, I would like to be part of it for the rest of my career but that’s not up to me really, in a sense.”
But he also clarified that he understands that in the end, the decision being made will be strictly business.
“I understand it. It’s a business. I don’t ever hold it against anybody or anything like that. I’ve been through it too many times. That’s why if it did come out where I did opt-out it wouldn’t be a personal thing, it’s a business thing. Same thing on their end.”
Martinez, while he wasn’t necessarily a top-2 finalist for the American League MVP Award which was given to his teammate Mookie Betts, was in the discussion as a candidate throughout his 2018 campaign.
He had a phenomenal year with the Red Sox in his initial season with the team hitting .330 with a 1.031 OPS and 43 home runs. Through the break this season, his numbers have dwindled a bit, but not by too much. Currently, he’s putting up a .304 BA along with a .918 OPS and 18 bombs.
Martinez, who will be 32-years-old at the start of this upcoming offseason, will make $23.75 million during the 2020 season if he decides to decline his option. And if he then decides to decline his 2020 option as well, he’d be on the books for $19.375 million during his fourth and fifth years of his deal where he would no longer have any player options remaining.