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Boras: J.D. Martinez not 'fed up' with Red Sox

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Boras: J.D. Martinez not 'fed up' with Red Sox

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."

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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.”


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ORIGINAL STORY: FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox and J.D. Martinez were nearing a deal on Monday evening, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston.

Multiple sources earlier Monday said the Sox and Martinez were in active negotiation. The industry belief has long been that the Sox are Martinez's most logical landing spot.

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“Other than to say we remain interested, do not have anything else to add,” Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said by email Monday afternoon.

The Red Sox braintrust was together Monday morning and midday at JetBlue Park, with both principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner on hand.

Werner in January confirmed the Sox were in active negotiations with Martinez. On Monday, he deferred questions to Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. 

“I think you should talk to Dave about that,” Werner said. “Obviously there’s no news, but I think you should ask Dave that question."

Werner and Henry both said they were bullish on the Sox if they do not sign Martinez. Werner was asked whether the Sox have an obligation to improve last year’s team with outside help. Without Martinez, the team is virtually identical.

“We have an obligation to try to win the World Series every year,” Werner said. “Sometimes you go in one direction, sometimes you go in another direction. We’re not ceding first place to anybody. Obviously, we have to be better in the playoffs. As John said, we think our approach is better this year and we think we’re going to have if not the highest payroll in baseball, one of the two or three highest payrolls in baseball. We have a great general manager and a great team to figure out how to deploy it and we certainly feel like we’re moving forward.”