Red Sox Rumors: J.D. Martinez Offer from Boston Reportedly 5 Years, $100M

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2018

Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in San Francisco. Paul Goldschmidt scored on the home run. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
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The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez a substantial contract offer. 

Per ESPN's Buster Olney, the Red Sox's current proposal to Martinez is "in the range of five years, $100 million."

Bob Nightengale of USA Today previously reported on Jan. 2 that Martinez had a five-year offer on the table from Boston, and the Red Sox "aren’t about to start bidding against themselves" for the 30-year-old. 

Back in November, per ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, Martinez's agent Scott Boras was seeking a deal around $200 million. 

This offseason has been a slow burn, with many top-tier free agents like Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta still available, which could turn into a buyer's market for teams to get better bargains than they were anticipating three months ago. 

The Red Sox need to upgrade the power in their lineup after finishing 26th with a .407 slugging percentage and 27th with 168 home runs last season. 

Martinez is coming off a career year for the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017. He hit .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games, and his .936 OPS since 2014 ranks seventh in MLB, per Fangraphs.

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