J.D. Martinez
LF/RF/DH BOS
2 weeks ago

Martinez will not exercise the opt-out in his contract, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez evidently didn't feel as though he could make more than the $62.5 million he's due over the next three seasons on the open market. He remains an excellent hitter, but there's understandably some uncertainty about the market for a 32-year-old designated hitter. He has opt-outs remaining after each of the next two seasons, so there's still no guarantee he remains in Boston through the end of the 2022 season.

J.D. Martinez
LF/RF/DH BOS
2 months ago

Martinez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo homer in Saturday's loss to Baltimore.

EDGE Analysis

The homer was Martinez's first in three full weeks, a rare drought for the veteran slugger. He'd hit just .255/.350/.294 in the 14 games since his previous home run. His .305/.383/.559 slash line on the season is still quite strong, but represents a significant drop-off from the .330/.402/.629 mark he recorded in 2018, especially considering how the league's overall offense has increased between the two seasons.

J.D. Martinez
LF/RF/DH BOS
2 months ago

Martinez is not in the lineup Friday against Baltimore, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez has gone 10-for-21 with seven RBI over his last five games. Mookie Betts will return from a foot injury but only as a designated hitter Friday, bumping Martinez to the bench.

J.D. Martinez
LF/RF/DH BOS
2 months ago

Martinez went 2-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored in Tuesday's 12-10 win over the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez produced a run-scoring single in his first at-bat of the day before coming around to score in what was a four-run first inning for the Red Sox. He drove in two more runs with another single in the fifth inning, marking his fifth and sixth RBI over the past three games. Martinez is 6-for-13 (.462) with three runs scored and a 2:3 BB:K over that stretch.

J.D. Martinez
LF/RF/DH BOS
2 months ago

Martinez went 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs Sunday in the Red Sox's 7-4 win over the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

After missing three games with a groin injury, Martinez returned to the lineup for the final two contests of the weekend and didn't take long to begin raking again. While Martinez hasn't reported any setbacks with the groin coming out of either of his back-to-back starts, the Red Sox may choose to exercise caution with his usage anyway over the season's final week with the team already eliminated from postseason contention.

J.D. Martinez
LF/RF/DH BOS
2 months ago

Martinez (groin) will serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup Saturday against the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez has not yet been cleared to return to the outfield, but he is well enough to DH, and that's really all that matters for our purposes. While the 32-year-old has been struggling in September (.133 average), he still has a .301 average and .944 OPS for the season.

J.D. Martinez
LF/RF/DH BOS
2 months ago

Martinez (groin) is expected to play Saturday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez has missed the last three games due to the injury. If he plays, it will likely be as the designated hitter; however, manager Alex Cora will try to juggle playing time for Martinez and fellow outfielder Mookie Betts, who has been dealing with a foot injury. Betts was the DH on Friday and will be evaluated for outfield duty over the final three games of the series.

J.D. Martinez
LF/RF/DH BOS
2 months ago

Martinez (groin) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Friday was thought to be the earliest Martinez could possibly return from his bout of groin tightness. He will end up sitting for the series opener in Tampa Bay, as the Red Sox go with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley and Brock Holt in the outfield and Mookie Betts (foot) at DH.

J.D. Martinez
LF/RF/DH BOS
2 months ago

Martinez (groin) is not expected to return before the weekend, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez left Tuesday's game early due to groin tightness. His absence Wednesday against the Giants is considered precautionary, but there's little reason for the Red Sox not to proceed with caution in what has seemingly become a lost season.

J.D. Martinez
LF/RF/DH BOS
2 months ago

Martinez (groin) is on the bench as expected Wednesday against the Giants, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez left Tuesday's game early due to groin tightness and was expected to miss at least one more game. The Red Sox have been effectively eliminated from playoff contention, so there's little reason to rush the star slugger back. Christian Vazquez will be the designated hitter in his absence, with Sandy Leon starting behind the plate.