Dombrowski's familiarity with Martinez (and his agent Scott Boras) made this signing more plausible, though the delay was tied into the league-wide standoff between clubs, who are looking to control salaries, and players, who are holding out for bigger contracts. In November, Martinez was reportedly seeking $200 million. "I can only speak for the Red Sox, we're going to have - we will most definitely have the highest payroll that we've ever had and you know other teams have to make their own decisions but we expect to be competitive and we expect to improve from our team a year ago".
This offseason, it's less surprising but still a little shocking that Martinez settled for something so low based on what he originally wanted. He was one of Baltimore's top pitchers the previous five years, going 65-33 with a 3.81 earned run average in 143 starts.
A marriage between Martinez and Boston makes all the sense in the world. With a lot of talent around the diamond, the Red Sox lacked power in 2017.
"I'm glad to have that closure now, where I don't have to worry about it each day waking up like, 'Could this be the day I have a new team?'" Odorizzi said. Barring an injury to Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., or Mookie Betts, Martinez figures to be in the lineup as a DH most days. But if his shoulder problem returns, it could be hard for him to get regular at-bats with Martinez now the team's DH.
Entering last season's camp, Boston was tabbed as the AL East favorite after landing one of the biggest prizes in ace lefty Chris Sale during the winter meetings.
Even thought it took much longer then expected, the Sox/Martinez saga is finally over and now the two sides can get ready for the season with no more distractions. The Red Sox, meanwhile, added the power bat they desperately needed.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jake Odorizzi joined the Minnesota Twins just in time for their first full-squad workout of spring training.
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