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Buchholz downplays significance of golf day with Beckett

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Buchholz downplays significance of golf day with Beckett

BOSTON Clay Buchholz believes Josh Beckett, who played golf on Thursday, even though he had been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday because of a sore right lat, would not do anything to jeopardize his health or the team.

The one thing I said about Josh Beckett is hes a professional, said Buchholz, who was Becketts golf partner that day. Hes not going to do anything to make him not be ready to do his job. Been around him for a while now, thats just the way he goes about his business. Thats an offday and thats something that gets him away from the field. If he likes to do that, then thats what he likes to do. I think thats his decision. I dont think hes going to do anything to make himself unable to go out and pitch and help his team win.

Buchholz does not understand why there might be so much enmity directed at Beckett.

Not really, he said. I dont think it was a big deal at all butpeople feel differently than I do, I guess.

Asked if there is a carry-over from the September fallout that bothers him, Buchholz replied:

Thats nothing to me right now. That was so much blown out of proportion just because of the organization we play for. So it is what it is. I dont think anybodys made mistakes as far as that. But as far as baseball goes, trying to get back in the grind of pitching every five days.

If the team had a winning record, perhaps nothing would be said about Becketts round of golf.

Just like last year, Buchholz said. The whole beer and chicken wouldnt have been a story if we would have won and we would have went to the playoffs. Its just theres always got to be something to talk about and I think thats what it comes down to.

Asked if it makes him feel like he has to think twice about his actions away from the field, Buchholz replied:

I think everybody does. But to a point, to where if they think its going to be something thats going to hurt the team or anything, nobodys going to do it. But that was an offday. I believe that an offday is a day that guys can get away from the field. Theres only a couple of them throughout a season. If JB was hurting really bad, then that wouldnt have been an issue.

J.D. Martinez says slow free-agent market won't affect his opt-out

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J.D. Martinez says slow free-agent market won't affect his opt-out

FORT MYERS, Fla. — J.D. Martinez isn’t letting the frozen free-agent market get to his head.

Martinez signed a five-year, $110 million deal late last February, though the slugger can exercise his opt-out clause following the 2019 season. Sunday at JetBlue Park, Martinez was asked whether the uncertainty of free agency affects his thoughts on a possible opt-out at the end of the year.

“I don’t really think it does,” he said. “Personally, you listen to obviously Scott [Boras] and their advice, and that’s what they’re really good at. But at the end of the day I know my value and I know what I bring to the table, and I really don’t kind of look at that. I kind of judge me on me.”

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Monday morning on WEEI’s “Mut and Callahan,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the team has had talks of an extension with ace Chris Sale, but not Martinez.

Xander Bogaerts had a different answer when asked whether the slow free-agent market could affect his future plans. “You obviously have to think about it,” said Boston’s homegrown shortstop.

With Martinez, Sale, Bogaerts, and Mookie Betts all on the verge of hitting the market, the Red Sox brass has their work cut out for them in 2019.

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