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Red Sox: J.D. Martinez leaning toward opting-in for next season

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 18: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the first inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 18, 2020 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez expects to opt-in to his 2021 player option.

One of the biggest questions looming over the Boston Red Sox heading into the offseason is the future of J.D. Martinez. The star designated hitter has been a linchpin in the lineup over the last few years but an opt-out clause in his contract could allow him to hit the open market this winter.