J.D. Martinez could officially become a member of the Boston Red Sox as soon as Monday.
The Red Sox and the star slugger reportedly agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but the two sides have yet to finalize the deal as they continue to work out the language in the contract.
While the holdup reportedly is due to a medical issue that will not affect Martinez’s ability to be ready to play, the two sides reportedly made a lot of headway Sunday and a press conference could be held as early as Monday, according to MLB.com’s Ian Browne and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Browne reported Sunday, citing sources, that Martinez and the Red Sox could have a press conference to announce the deal Monday. Evan Drelich of NBC Sports Boston also reported that a press conference will take place Monday.
In addition, Heyman reported that the contract is not expected to change, but both sides did their due diligence on the matter.
Martinez’s bat will give the Red Sox a bonafide power threat in the middle of the lineup. The 30-year-old outfielder is coming off a 2017 season in which he hit .303 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI for the Detroit Tigers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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