Connect with us

News

J.D. Martinez agrees to quirky one-year deal with Mets: report

Join Fox News for access to this content

Plus special access to select articles and other premium content with your account – free of charge.

Please enter a valid email address.

By entering your email and pushing continue, you are agreeing to Fox News’ Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, which includes our Notice of Financial Incentive. To access the content, check your email and follow the instructions provided.

Having trouble? Click here.

One of the remaining veteran sluggers on the MLB free agent market has found a new home. 

J.D. Martinez is joining the New York Mets on a one-year deal worth $12 million, according to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman.

SNY’s Andy Martino adds that the contract will have heavy deferrals. The Mets will only pay $4.5 million of that total this season. The rest will be paid out from 2034-38, when Martinez will make $1.5 million each year. 

The Mets are infamously known for the deferral of Bobby Bonilla’s contract, but many teams across professional sports use deals like this to help their finances. And that’s exactly what the Mets are doing here to reduce their luxury tax this season. 

Martinez, 36, is another Scott Boras client who didn’t find a team in time to report to spring training with the rest of the league. 

DODGERS’ YOSHINOBU YAMAMOTO LASTS JUST ONE INNING IN HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MLB DEBUT

He was trying to find the right situation at the right price, but teams weren’t budging despite the slugger earning his sixth All-Star nod after belting 33 homers with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023. 

New York was looking for some more pop to add to its lineup with Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso.

J.D. Martinez waits for pitch

Martinez had a great year last season with a .271/.321/.572 slash line and 27 doubles.

Martinez started his career with the Houston Astros before earning his first All-Star appearance with the Detroit Tigers in 2015, when he hit 38 homers with 102 RBIs and a .282 average. 

But Martinez’s best years came with the Boston Red Sox, a team he helped win the 2018 World Series. He led the team that year with 130 RBIs, which also led MLB. He hit .330/.402/.629 with 43 homers and finished fourth in AL MVP voting. 

J.D. Martinez looks on field

Martinez’s knack for hitting extra-base hits and his postseason pedigree make him a valuable asset for a Mets team that fell short of expectations in 2023. 

Follow Fox News Digital’s sports coverage on X, and subscribe to the Fox News Sports Huddle newsletter.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Must See

More in News