Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez can opt out of his contract’s remaining three years, $62.5 million once the World Series ends. He’ll receive a $2.5 million buyout if he opts out. Super agent Scott Boras spoke with Forbes’ Barry Bloom who reported, “Boras, for one, is confident he can generate more dollars for (Stephen) Strasburg and Martinez elsewhere.” Martinez has indicated Boras will make the opt-out clause decision for him. “You know Scott Boras? Call him up,” Martinez said in August. If Martinez opts out and signs elsewhere, who might the Red Sox sign to replace him? First baseman Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce are headed to free agency (Pearce might retire). The Red Sox, therefore, could pursue a power-hitting first baseman, then also rotate him and others at DH. The Red Sox have been interested in slugger Jose Abreu ever since the White Sox outbid Boston by approximately $5 million in international free agency in October 2013. Since then, Boston has been linked to Abreu several times in trade rumors. Abreu is a pending free agent who turns 33 in January. He slashed .284/.330/.503/.834 with 33 homers, 38 doubles, one triple and an AL-leading 123 RBI in… Read full this story
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