A report of hurt feelings may have left some hurt feelings.
J.D. Martinez’s agent, Scott Boras, outright denied to NBC Sports Boston that Martinez has expressed feelings of being fed up with the Red Sox, as was reported on Tuesday.
“J.D. Martinez has never made any statement regarding the Red Sox,” Boras said Wednesday. "J.D. is involved in multiple negotiations and is pleased with the participants and the good-faith process. Suggestions otherwise are not accurate."
Boras as well as Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski both acknowledged negotiations are ongoing between the Sox and Martinez. Boras said as much on Tuesday night as well.
Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Martinez has been telling people he’s fed up with the Red Sox. That sentiment would be understandable, given how late in free agency it is and how good a hitter Martinez is.
“We continue to speak with Scott as well as other agents,” Dombrowski said. “Also, Ken called me about that [sentiment from Martinez] and I was surprised. However, even he indicated he did not know if that was true.”
Indeed, Rosenthal noted in the story that “it’s difficult to imagine why he would be upset with a team reportedly willing to give him a nine-figure deal.”