Yu Darvish is off the board. But MLB’s offseason continues to move at a slow pace. So once again, super-agent Scott Boras is taking matters into his own hands. Arguably the biggest slugger on the market, his client J.D. Martinez, is still without a home. He has been linked to the Boston Red Sox all offseason, but it doesn’t stop there.
Now reports indicate that Boras has met with J.D.’s former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“Scott Boras met with DBacks owner Ken Kendrick on J.D. Martinez within past week, sources tell The Athletic. Two sides fond of each other, but still real question on whether they can find common ground on deal. Boras, Kendrick also met earlier this off-season.”
Plus, earlier reports say that Arizona is wiling to offer more than $100 million over five years. But remember when fans were screaming about not taking Boston’s $125 million over five years? Well, it turns out that it wasn’t quite that high:
“According to an industry source the Red Sox offer to JD Martinez has been 5 years and $110 million . It was reported at $125 mil.”
Yes, athletes make a ton of money. Much more than you or I. But there’s a reason for that. MLB has set revenue records for 15 straight seasons. This past season would see them cross the $10 billion threshold for the first time owner. Players like J.D, Martinez are the biggest reasons why. Did you help your respective company bring in $10 billion this past year?
When it comes down to it, owners are cheap. Most of them are in it to make money; winning is a bonus. In the meantime, they don’t mind underpaying (relative to a player’s actual value) if it means saving a few million bucks. They will continue to try to cut corners where they can. That’s the reality.
So, are the Diamondbacks actually willing to spend over $100 million for Martinez? Let’s wait another week to find out.