J.D. Martinez is aware of what Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are going by.
These two high-profile free brokers stay unsigned as spring coaching kicks into excessive gear this week. A yr in the past, Martinez was in the identical state of affairs, going unsigned as a free agent till late February
Now, Martinez can decide out of his contract after the 2019 season. He mentioned seeing what Harper and Machado are experiencing will not have an effect on his resolution.
“On the finish of the day, I do know my worth and I do know what I deliver to the desk,” Martinez mentioned (by way of MassLive.com). “I actually don’t take a look at that. I actually decide me on me.”
Martinez, 31, signed a five-year, $110 million take care of the Crimson Sox final yr, but when he has one other season like his 2018 marketing campaign (43 house runs, an MLB-leading 130 RBIs, 1.031 OPS) the outfielder/DH may presumably discover a higher deal in free company.
If he opts out. That is an enormous “if,” contemplating he is expressed an curiosity in an extension with the Crimson Sox that eliminates the opt-out clauses in his contract.
“I really like Boston,” Martinez mentioned. “I really like the fervour, and it type of matches my character. The followers virtually really feel like they’re simply as passionate as me. Clearly, I’d love to remain right here, however that’s actually not what I’m nervous about proper now.”