Despite initial fears in Boston that star slugger JD Martinez would opt out of his contract, becoming a free agent in the process, the 32-year-old slugger has decided to spend at least one more season featured prominently at Fenway Park.
A disappointing season for the Red Sox, in which they failed to back up a World Series campaign with a 2019 playoff appearance, signaled change throughout the organization, starting with the general manager. However, Martinez owns the keys to his own future, at least for the time being, and clearly doesn't feel confident he can receive an upgrade financially in free agency.
The Red Sox's deal with Martinez has the potential to pay the right-handed slugger until he's 35 years old. Despite the regular season letdown in Boston, it didn't see a dip in production for Martinez, as he hit .304 with 36 bombs and 105 RBI, which is more than respectable production from the DH or corner outfield spot.
While the future of Mookie Betts and several other star players in Boston remains uncertain, No. 28 is staying put.