J.D. Martinez had a monster debut season with the Boston Red Sox last year and was awarded with not only a World Series title, but two Silver Slugger Awards.
The designated hitter/outfielder can opt out of his contract at the end of the upcoming campaign and test the free agent market or re-sign with Boston on a new deal. And even though there have been no talks of a contract extension (yet), Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is “hopeful” the slugger will be in a Sox uniform after next season.
If Martinez decides to not opt out next year, he can do so the following year, and the year after that. But the 30-year-old wants to focus on the season ahead of him.
“I don?t really even think it has been discussed yet with (agent) Scott (Boras),” Martinez told WEEI’s Rob Bradford. “My standpoint is I want to focus on the season. That?s the most important thing. We have a special group of guys here and I want to go out and give us the best opportunity to win.”
If Martinez can replicate or even improve his numbers this year, he certainly will have many suitors eyeing his services. But if the Red Sox also can have another strong season, that’s all the more reason for him to stay put.