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Martinez guaranteed $50 million minimum from Red Sox deal

Martinez guaranteed $50 million minimum from Red Sox deal

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Even if J.D. Martinez opts out of his Red Sox contract after the second year, as he has the option to do, he's still guaranteed to pocket $50 million from the deal he agreed to earlier this week:

His salary of $23.75 million in each of the first two years totals $47.5 million. The Red Sox will pay him $2.5 million if he opts out, bringing his total for the first two seasons to $50 million.

He gets no buyout if he opts out after the third season, as he also eligible to do.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.