Ever since the Miami Marlins traded Marcell Ozuna, MLB’s offseason has… crawled. And that might be too kind. Almost nothing of relevance has happened since. It’s as though the Ozuna trade never happened. But here we are, impatiently waiting for the next move. But where the moves aren’t, rumors are. And the market for arguably the biggest bat on the marketa��J.D. Martineza��might finally be heating up.
According to Jon Heyman ofA�FanRag Sports,A�the Boston Red Sox aren’t the only ones attempting to make this splash.
“But word is there are other five-year offers. So while they seem like the logical landing spot, as the richest team in the mix (the Diamondbacks, Blue Jays and perhaps the Giants are the others known to be at least dabbling in the derby), they probably cana��t be called the bona-fide favorite unless they go to six years, which might have the potential to carry the day.”
But he doesn’t stop there. In fact, there’s always the Diamondbacks. It’s just trickier.
“The D-Backs are known to be willing to go to nine figures, too, but they may be constricted by their inability to deal Zack Greinke, who at this point makes three times more than any of his teammates. The Blue Jays have quietly been in the mix, while the Giants are seen as more likely to look for a more cost-efficient outfield alternative after spending on third baseman Evan Longoria.”
In just 62 appearances for the D-Backs, Martinez would slug 29 home runs while slashing .302/.366/.741 (1.107A� OPS). He is a bat that a handful of teams so desperately need. And at the moment, Martinez is our best chance of getting some excitement out of this drag of an offseason.