The Red Sox will hold an introductory news conference with Martinez at 9 a.m. on Monday.
Martinez had arrived at the spring training facility Wednesday in Fort Myers, Florida, and underwent a physical, the last step in finalizing his five-year, $110 million contract. But as the days went by with no news conference or official announcement of the deal, it became apparent that there was some sort of hang-up.
The delay prompted speculation that the Red Sox had uncovered a medical problem, but team officials insisted the process of reviewing medical information simply hadn’t been completed.
One major league source said the Red Sox were merely being “thorough,” as they would with any free agent who signs a nine-figure contract. In December 2015, for example, the Red Sox agreed to terms with David Price on a Tuesday night, flew him to Boston for a physical and didn’t hold a news conference until Friday of that week to finalize the seven-year, $217 million deal.
FINNALLY!!! I don’t care what you say if you weren’t scratching your head why the Sox “signed” JD Martinez like 10 days ago but haven’t announced him then you my friend are a fucking psychopath. It didn’t make any sense. JD was in Fort Myers, then back in Boston and then everyone was just silent? I couldn’t have been the only one out here shitting my pants wondering what the hell was going on. But today, everything is finally right in the world and the World Series buzz is back in the air.
GET THE DUCK BOATS READY, BOSTON!