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Red Sox haven't made offer to J.D. Martinez, holding firm at final three years of original contract

Red Sox haven't made offer to J.D. Martinez, holding firm at final three years of original contract

The Red Sox have conducted talks with representatives for J.D. Martinez, but they have not offered the slugger a new contract as he weighs whether to opt out of his deal and test the free agent market.

According to multiple sources, the team is holding firm at what remains of Martinez's contract, which is three years and $62.5 million, and will risk the possibility that he receives a four- or five-year offer elsewhere. Owner John Henry said that chairman Tom Werner has spoken with Scott Boras, Martinez's agent.

Martinez has until five days after the conclusion of the World Series to decide whether to remain in Boston or opt out and become a free agent. If he does leave, the Red Sox will tender him a qualifying offer for $17.8 million, a source said, which could partially depress his market, since any team signing him would lose a draft pick.

Qualifying Martinez wouldn't be a surprise, however, since the one-year salary it guarantees is lower than the $23.75 million he's due next season, and it will also ensure that the Red Sox receive at least a small measure of compensation if he departs.

With new chief baseball operator Chaim Bloom being introduced on Monday, the Red Sox can begin mapping out their offseason. While the organization recognizes Martinez's immense impact on the lineup, it's also aware that the decision to hit the market is his and not theirs. With the team hoping to drop below $208 million and reset its luxury tax schedule, letting Martinez walk could help achieve that goal.

It's hard to overstate what a massive loss he'd be, though. Over two seasons in Boston, Martinez has made a pair of All-Star teams while averaging 40 homers, 118 RBIs, and a .317 average.

If he does leave, he will likely be limited to the pool of American League teams, since he's no longer a full-time outfielder. The White Sox are considered possible suitors, while there's some unease in the Red Sox organization that the Yankees could become involved, even though they would seem to need pitching more than another bat.

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Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

It looks like the Boston Red Sox will have to wait even longer to hear the results of MLB's ongoing investigation into the 2018 team's alleged sign-stealing.

Commissioner Rob Manfred stated back on Feb. 16 he expected the investigation to conclude by the end of this week. On Tuesday, though, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported an announcement likely won't be made until early March.


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Of course, that means a ruling will come only a couple of days later than anticipated, but there's no doubt Sox fans are growing frustrated with the constant delays.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said Tuesday the league has concluded its interviews for the investigation.

“As of right now, we understand that the interviews that they were going to have and did have as well as the information they were gathering from beyond the player interviews has all happened,” Clark said, per The Boston Globe. “Now we’re just waiting for the decision itself.”

Multiple Red Sox players claim the 2018 team did nothing wrong and that there shouldn't be a punishment coming their way. If MLB does hand down punishments, the expectation is that they won't be severe.

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

The Boston Red Sox are playing it safe with one of their prospects during spring training. Not because of anything injury-related, but because of the coronavirus.

Taiwanese right-hander Chih-Jung Liu is being quarantined in a hotel room, as a team spokesman said the organization is using “an overabundance of caution" to guard against the virus, per The Boston Globe.

Liu, who arrived to the United States for his first spring training after being signed in October, provided an update on his status on his Facebook page. According to The Globe, the 20-year-old says he is "being delivered three meals a day, doing some weight training, and going for an occasional run." He's also spending his time online “watching information about the team” and reading.

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Taiwan currently has 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus to the United States' 57, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Liu flew from Taiwan to San Francisco prior to joining the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. for spring training.

Liu expects to come out of quarantine and finally join his teammates on Saturday.