Just two-and-a-half months remain until the offseason. While by no means should we skip over what will likely be a busy couple of months, it is still worth looking at some of the biggest contract decisions that could go down over the winter.
Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez has the opportunity to opt out of his contract at the conclusion of this season. Looking beyond this year, Martinez can be under contract for up to three more years. He’s due to make $23.75 million in 2020 but will only see $19.35 million in 2021 and 2022. Of course, in addition to an opt-out this coming offseason, he has opt-out clauses following 2020 and 2021 that he can exercise. This provides some security for him if he does decide to opt in at the end of this season.
Martinez, a Boras client and former 20th round pick, is slashing .307./382/.556 with 70 runs knocked in on 137 hits, including 26 doubles and 27 homers. He has recorded 52 walks and 102 strikeouts. His 2019 slash line, hits total, and home run total are on pace to be worse than his 2018 showing, but he’s still posting a solid season.
Martinez needs to decide if he wants to stay in Boston and be paid $23.5 million in 2020. If he decides he is worth more than that, he can buy out his contract for a $2.5 million fee.
My guess is that he will not opt out in 2020. He is in a good situation in Boston. Considering he would need to pay $2.5 million to get out, he would have to see a $26 million deal for 2020 just to break even. He may get close to that, but I just can’t see him leaving. That said, if he has another season like this in 2020, he will likely opt out at the conclusion of next season. But we want to hear your thoughts, too! Vote in this poll what you think will happen, and justify your pick in the comments.
Will J.D. Martinez exercise his 2020 opt-out?
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Yes, he will opt out
No, he will opt in
No, he will wait until after next season to opt out