Yesterday, Red Sox Slugger J.D. Martinez opted-in for his $62.5 million option instead of hitting free agency. It may not seem like a big deal for a franchise known for throwing it’s money around. However, recently after firing General Manager Dave Dombrowski, the architect of the 2018 World Series champions, Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy has made it a point he wants to be under the luxury tax.
The Redsox’s Cap Woes
In recent memory, the Redsox have never been good with getting good contracts. Before Chris Sale‘s embarrassing and forgetful 2019 season, he was inked to a five-year $145 million contract. Not to be forgotten is David Price‘s $217 million contract he signed back in 2015. The Red Sox have real cap issues on the horizon, and it’s up to new General Manager Brian O’Halloran to fix it.
What does this mean for the Red Sox former MVP, Mookie Betts? Betts is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He is also expected to get a Bryce Harper-esque deal. So it is common for GMs to flip expiring contracts for a profit before the contract is up.
Mookie Betts’ 2019 season was nothing short of spectacular. He posted an MLB leading 135 runs and won his fourth straight gold glove at the right-field position. The Red Sox have a couple young stars, one being Xander Bogaerts, who they extended on a six-year contract worth $132 million before the 2019 season. They also have young phenom Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, and Michael Chavis who will certainly cost a pretty penny.
Many suspect it would be the trading of super-star Mookie Betts, but there are many other solutions. However, trading Betts would be the easiest and most cost-effective. If this is the case, an almost 33-year-old Martinez being given a three-year contract is most certainly the reason Red Sox fans will go to sleep crying that day.
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