J.D. Martinez knows what Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are going through.
Those two high-profile free agents remain unsigned as spring training kicks into high gear this week. A year ago, Martinez was in the same situation, going unsigned as a free agent until late February
Now, Martinez can opt out of his contract after the 2019 season. He said seeing what Harper and Machado are experiencing won’t affect his decision.
“At the end of the day, I know my value and I know what I bring to the table,” Martinez said (via MassLive.com). “I really don’t look at that. I really judge me on me.”
Martinez, 31, signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Red Sox last year, but if he has another season like his 2018 campaign (43 home runs, an MLB-leading 130 RBIs, 1.031 OPS) the outfielder/DH could possibly find a better deal in free agency.
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If he opts out. That’s a big “if,” considering he’s expressed an interest in an extension with the Red Sox that eliminates the opt-out clauses in his contract.
“I love Boston,” Martinez said. “I love the passion, and it kind of matches my personality. The fans almost feel like they’re just as passionate as me. Obviously, I’d love to stay here, but that’s really not what I’m worried about right now.”
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