Boston Red Sox: A case for J.D. Martinez to opt-in to his contract

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 29: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 29: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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J.D. Martinez has the opportunity to opt-out of his contract with the Boston Red Sox, but here is the case to why he shouldn’t do so.

J.D. Martinez is one of the best hitters in the game, and he has deserved every penny of his current contract with the Boston Red Sox, and he should continue to do so.

There are a lot of people that believe he should opt-out of his contract, as he could earn more than the remaining money he has on his contract.

But I disagree because he is already making a base salary of $23 million this season and over $19 million the following two seasons, so I don’t believe it would be the best idea for him to opt-out because there aren’t a lot of teams with a DH vacancy who are willing to give him $20 million a year.

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Another factor is that he seems to love being in Boston, so why move?

He has said that he loves Boston, and rightfully so, as they are going to be in contention next year and have already won the World Series.

Also, he doesn’t know if they can afford to have him and Mookie Betts on the roster next season, but they can because they don’t have to extend him until the season after this coming season.

I know that Scott Boras is his agent, and that means that Boras will try to make him explore free agency but I don’t think he should risk losing that amount of money is going to be earning, especially when he is already comfortable in Boston.

Red Sox owner John Henry doesn’t know what Martinez will do.

“We really don’t know,” Henry said. “We’ll find out very soon.”

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The Boston Red Sox will find out very soon if Martinez will leave, but is taking a risk if he does decide to leave.