JD Martinez Throws Subtle Jab at Red Sox While Talking Dodgers Decision
The Dodgers didn’t make too many big splashes in free agency, but one player they signed who will make a considerable impact is DH specialist J.D. Martinez.
Martinez signed with LA as a free agent in late December just as the Boys in Blue were set to lose their occasional DH Justin Turner to the Boston Red Sox.
Los Angeles acquired the DH they needed, and luckily for them, Martinez wanted to have legit shot at another World Series title.
The 35-year-old expressed he wanted to play for a contender while speaking on WEEI’s Rob Bradford podcast Bradfo Sho. He did so while throwing a subtle jab at his old club.
“I wanted a team that was going to be in October, be in the swing of things all year and give me a chance to win,” he said. “I didn’t want to get stuck with the Red Sox getting the guy they wanted and me left [feeling] wondering where I was going to go.”
Could you really blame Martinez for choosing LA over Boston?
The righty slugger joined a team that won 111 games the season before and has the top-five best odds to win the World Series from a team who finished last in their division and has the second-worst odds to finish last in the AL east again, according to Vegasinsider.com.
The Dodgers were the right choice for the righty and will get plenty of chances to show off his power at Chavez Ravine.
J.D. had a down year in 2022 as he hit a low in home runs since 2013 (in a full season) with 16 while driving in 62 runs and slashing .274/.341/.448 with a .789 OPS.
Those numbers were with a non-contending team; I expect J.D. to return to his slugging ways and drive in Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Will Smith, among others, to the plate and rack up wins for the Dodgers.
Martinez signed a 1-year, $10 million deal with the Boys in Blue, and will earn every penny of that deal.
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