The Hot Stove just got hotter in Boston.
The Red Sox on Monday agreed to a five-year, $ 110 million deal with outfielder J.D. Martinez, according to MLB.com. The contract is front-loaded and includes an opt-out after the second season, per ESPN.
Martinez, 30, is coming off a remarkable season in which he hit 45 home runs with 104 RBIs in only 119 games for both the Tigers and Diamondbacks. He slashed .303/.376/.690, registering a career-high 1.066 OPS.
The Tigers traded Martinez to Arizona for three minor-leaguers on July 18, which led to a second-half surge that boosted the righty’s value in what’s been a largely dormant offseason free-agent market. In 62 games with the D-backs, Martinez batted .302 with 29 homers and 65 RBIs.
The 2015 All-Star gives the Red Sox a much-needed middle-of-the-order bat to compete with the Yankees after their blockbuster addition of reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, who led the league with 59 homers last season.
Martinez’s deal comes two days after fellow Scott Boras client Eric Hosmer agreed to an eight-year, $ 144 million contract with the Padres, marking a steady end to the stalemate between major-league clubs and the league’s prized free agents.
The Red Sox had reportedly offered Martinez a similar deal last month, but talks between the parties had stalled, likely over his desire for a longer contract.
But in the end, Boston got their big bat — and the Bombers’ competition in the AL East just got tougher.