J.D. Martinez may or may not have offers from the Diamondbacks
For a while, it has seemed as though Boston was the only team really competing for the services of star hitter J.D. Martinez. It didn’t really make a ton of sense given his offensive talent — regardless of what you think his overall value is, it seems wild that someone as talented as Martinez wouldn’t have multiple teams chasing him — but now it seems the Diamondbacks are in on him too. We’ve talked about this a bit before, and the rumors that he may take a one-year deal from Arizona and hit the market again next year doesn’t really make much sense to me. That being said, on Thursday Jon Heyman reported that the Diamondbacks have a five-year deal that is very similar to Boston’s. Given that Arizona would allow him to play the field on a regular basis, his success there at the end of last year and the fact that Martinez may or may not be upset with the Red Sox, it seems possible (maybe even likely) that he’ll choose Arizona over Boston if the money is equal. For what it’s worth, according to Bruce Levine, Boston’s offer is actually five years and $110 million. It should also be noted that John Gambadoro, an Arizona radio host who I’ve been led to believe has a legit reputation at breaking news, claims that the long-term deal isn’t there from Arizona. Instead, he says it’s just Boras trying to get more money for his client. I don’t know. I’m so tired. Give me baseball, please.
- Yu Darvish has multiple offers on the table, perhaps as many as five. We haven’t talked a ton about Darvish because Boston is not in on the pitching market, but it’s just as wild that he’s still available as it is for Martinez. Either way, I’d be surprised if Darvish is not on the Twins or Brewers within the next week or two. For the sake of keeping the competition down in the American League, let’s hope it’s the Brewers.