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Red Sox: Jose Abreu’s extension shows J.D. Martinez was wise to opt-in

Scott Boras can spin the story about how his client wished to remain in a competitive environment but we all know the reason why J.D. Martinez didn’t opt-out of his contract with the Boston Red Sox was because he couldn’t be certain that he’d find a better offer in free agency.

Martinez will be paid $23.75 million in 2020 and just shy of $62.5 million over the next three years if he doesn’t exercise any of his opt-out clauses. That’s a lot of money to give up without any assurances that a more lucrative payday is waiting for him elsewhere.