Red Sox Free Agency Rumors: J.D. Martinez seeking $200 million deal

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: J.D. Martinez
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: J.D. Martinez /
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The Diamondbacks remain a threat to retain Martinez after his torrid second half following his mid-season acquisition helped lead Arizona to the postseason. Boras is already putting pressure on the team’s ownership to pay up for his client, telling the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro that they essentially have to pay him at this point.

"“You don’t sign [Zack] Greinke and not sign this guy,” Boras said. “I mean, once you drop in the pool, you’re in the water. Once you’re in the water, it’s kind of hard to say you’re not wet. It sends a message to the fan base about being competitive – all the things we talk about as a player.”"

It’s the typical hard-sell from Boras that we’ve come to expect from the super-agent but that doesn’t mean it won’t work. Arizona’s run to the postseason ignited the fanbase and letting Martinez walk would certainly be a step back.

On the other hand, their wallets may not be as deep as Red Sox owner John Henry’s, so Boston could win a bidding war if they desperately want to.

A National League team like the Diamondbacks also can’t rely on the DH role to preserve an aging player with poor defensive skills, which may make them more hesitant to hand Martinez a long-term deal.

As for the AL contenders, who would pay up? The Yankees outfield is full and they remain intent to duck the luxury tax for at least next season. Cleveland may not be willing to pay Jay Bruce to stay, let alone pay potentially twice as much to add Martinez. The World Champion Astros aren’t in a position where they need to spend on the top free agent.