Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Diamondbacks Sign Jarrod Dyson to Two-Year Deal

Diamondbacks Sign Jarrod Dyson to Two-Year Deal

"I'm glad to have that closure now, where I don't have to worry about it each day waking up like, 'Could this be the day I have a new team?'" Odorizzi said.

The Boston Red Sox have accomplished their goal of adding a power hitter to their lineup. Martinez addresses that need in a big way.

Martinez has hit above.300 the past two seasons and clocked a career-best 45 homers (in Detroit and Arizona) last season alone. Martinez became the 18th player in Major League Baseball history (and 16th of the modern era) to hit four homers in a game. That's obviously elite power production, and it's in keeping with Martinez's recent history. He is also joining a team that won 93 games and won the American League East Division for the second consecutive year.

Gennett hit.295 a year ago and set career bests with 27 homers and 97 RBIs in his first season with the Reds. Contract is front-loaded prior to opt-out.

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This offseason, it's less surprising but still a little shocking that Martinez settled for something so low based on what he originally wanted.

Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. said the Yankees' addition brings another test. He's a solid defensive first baseman and a could grow to be a doubles-machine (i.e. Mitch Moreland). Considering Ramirez's 2019 option vests at 497 plate appearances this season, he might be particularly happy with such an arrangement. Overall, the Red Sox are 24 in the league with an average age of 27.7.

The Sox and Martinez have been linked together since the start of the offseason.

Martinez had a career year in 2017. Also, he's got a history of injuries that can't be ignored. Yu Darvish and Eric Hosmer have both signed nine-figure contracts in the past week, and it might not be long before another star agrees to a deal worth over $100 million. The Diamondbacks will present opposing pitchers with a formidable lineup once again this season, even if a J.D. Martinez reunion proves hard. Though it won't be easy with the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians and archrival New York Yankees, all locked and loaded for the upcoming season, the Red Sox can feel reassured that they can compete for a World Series championship.

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