MLB Hot Stove Rumors: Red Sox have reportedly offered Martinez $125 million deal

A few days ago, we brought you a rumor that the Boston Red Sox had offered free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez something along the lines of five years and $100 million.

Now, it appears that number has changed -- perhaps all the way to $125 million:

Martinez, 30, is the best free-agent hitter available. Over the last three seasons, he's batted .296/.363/.580 with 105 home runs -- marks that translate to a 148 OPS+. (For reference, Giancarlo Stanton's OPS+ over the last three years is 150.) Martinez is considered a substandard fielder, however, and figures to get worse with age. As such, the Red Sox (and other suitors) are likely viewing him as a long-term fit at DH rather than left field.

It's worth noting the Red Sox have been the team tied to Martinez the most often -- and for good reason. Boston's lineup could use the power boost, having finished last in the American League in home runs and isolated slugging in 2017.

The Red Sox re-signed first baseman Mitch Moreland earlier in the winter, meaning a Martinez deal could precipitate a trade -- presumably one involving Hanley Ramirez.

CBS Sports Staff

R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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