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Jennings: Why the Red Sox-J.D, marriage took so long to develop
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FORT MYERS – After four months of anticipation, with $110 million on the line and one poker w88 of the game’s great sluggers in contractual limbo, the J.D. Martinez deal came down to a skeletal joint smaller than his little toe.

For a week, doctors ran their tests and lawyers adjusted their language until finally, on Monday morning, Martinez put on his uniform.

The final agreement: five years, $110 millions, with a whopping three different opt outs, for Martinez to become the Red Sox’ new designated hitter.

“It’s been a time period where we’ve had a lot of discussions, a lot of talk,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. “But it’s come to a fruitful end, and we’re absolutely thrilled.” It took long enough, and it came down to the smallest of details.

Martinez agreed to terms a week ago, but the negotiations went through one last delay as the two sides haggled over a past Lisfranc injury in his right foot.

The tiny joint and connective ligaments in the middle of the foot sent Martinez to the disabled list late last spring, and although all seem to agree that he’s perfectly healthy today – Martinez returned in May to hit 45 home runs last year, 21 more than any of his new Red Sox teammates – concern about the medical history was enough to change the contractual language.

The Red Sox now get some financial relief in the final two years if that specific injury becomes a long-term problem resulting in 60 days on the disabled list in one season or 120 days across two seasons. Martinez was given one more opt-out opportunity. In addition to the second and third seasons, he has the right to opt out after the fourth season as well.

“It’s healed back to normal,” agent Scott Boras said. “The question is, online slots malaysia what if that has any impact in the long term? And (the two sides) kind of agreed that it’s not much of an issue, but what if it’s an issue in the latter part of the contract? … From our standpoint, we have opt outs in the second year, the third year, the fourth year, and we can (go back to market). We have flexibility. And they have some protection at the back end, that’s all, in case there’s a disabling injury.”

If Martinez lives up to his billing, that back end of the contract might not matter. Martinez could very well be onto his next team by then. The right to opt out after two years, when he’ll be 32, means Martinez’s time in Boston could be short-lived. He may very well depart at the same time as Chris Sale, making this an obvious win-now move with the Red Sox in a small window of opportunity.

Once a middling player in Houston, Martinez was released in 138bet March 2014 with a .387 career slugging percentage. He latched on with the Tigers – where Dombrowski was, at the time, the general manager – and practically overnight became one of the best hitters in baseball.

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