Sox land JD Martinez at club's price

Power move by the Red Sox

With a lot of talent around the diamond, the Red Sox lacked power in 2017. With the Red Sox careful not to bid against themselves, the price for Martinez stayed around $100 million. The New York Yankees, who finished two games behind Boston in the division past year, acquired NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton - who led the majors with 59 home runs - in a trade with Miami.

Obviously, Martinez getting $50 million over the first two years of his deal is quite the payday.

Also on Monday, the D-backs signed centerfielder Jarrod Dyson to a two-year contract reportedly worth $7.5 million.

But right before Spring Training, it seems that Martinez settled for less money than many thought he'd get when the offseason started.

It took a while, yes, but in the end the Red Sox got the free agent they sorely needed.

On Sunday morning the Boston Red Sox announced that they had signed infielder Eduardo Nunez to a one-year contract through the 2018 season with a player option for the 2019 season.

Nearly immediately, Martinez made an impact in Detroit, playing in 123 games and batting.315, with 23 home runs, 30 doubles and 76 RBIs in 2014. For the 2017 season, his average was.303 with a 1.066 OPS and 45 homers in 119 games. Martinez hit.303 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI previous year for Detroit and Arizona, which acquired him on July 18 for three prospects.

The veteran, who played last season with the Seattle Mariners after playing the first seven seasons of his career with the Kansas City Royals, ranked fourth among all center fielders last season in defensive runs saved (10).

The Red Sox finally appear to have replaced the offensive void left by David Ortiz upon his retirement after the 2016 season.

The knocks against Martinez are that he's been injured a few times and isn't well-regarded as a defender in the corner outfield spots. Barring an injury to Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., or Mookie Betts, Martinez figures to be in the lineup as a DH most days.

With many teams adopting "file and trial" strategies, the only players who reached agreements after the January 12 exchange of proposed salaries were Houston outfielder George Springer, Baltimore second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and Pittsburgh reliever Felipe Rivero.

Boston is expected to use Martinez as its primary designated hitter, turning Hanley Ramirez into a platoon player at first with Mitch Moreland. Both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees look to gun for the top, which should make the division really intriguing.

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