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Red Sox remain in talks with Martinez, Schwarber

Red Sox remain in talks with Martinez, Schwarber

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Nov 08
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Chief Baseball Officer for the Boston Red Sox Chaim Bloom shared the latest updates on designated hitter J.D. Martinez and first baseman Kyle Schwarber.

“We’re going to stay engaged,” Bloom said. “Obviously, knowing that J.D. is here changes how we look at our lineup and our position group generally. But as I said after the season, we played some of our best baseball with both guys.”

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Schwarber declined his $11.5 million mutual option with the Red Sox on Friday, while Martinez is under contract through 2022, the final season of a five-year, $110 million deal. He just opted in to the final year on Sunday.

“They certainly both fit,” Bloom said. “It just gives us more clarity going forward as to which bats we might take as we reshape and put together this position player group for 2022.”

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal gave his thoughts on the reason why Martinez opted in to his contract.

“Rationale on J.D. declining opt-out, as first reported by @JonHeyman. BOS likely would have made qualifying offer at less ($18.4M) than he would have earned in 2020 ($19.375M),” Rosenthal wrote on Twitter.

The 34-year-old Martinez has 42 doubles with 28 home runs, 99 runs batted in and a .867 OPS over 148 games in 2021.

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