After nearly a week of medical exams, contract discussions (we think), and a whole lot of waiting, the Boston Red Sox finally announced on Monday that they have indeed signed J.D. Martinez. The five-year, $110 million contract that was reported last week has not changed, and Martinez will still have multiple chances to opt out once he finally realizes how unnecessarily awful Boston’s media market is.
While Martinez should do very well in Boston, I can’t get over how weird this looks.
J.D. Martinez on his parents: "The sacrifices and dedication that they’ve put in to raising me and being where I am today is second to none. I thank them every day." pic.twitter.com/NqbtAoeTfr— Boston.com Red Sox News (@BDCSox) February 26, 2018
Not sure I’ll ever get used to that one.
“The rehab is over.”
Those were the words used by Michael Fulmer when discussing his offseason elbow surgery on Monday after a solid outing against the Baltimore Orioles. Fulmer went two innings and allowed a run on a solo home run by Baltimore’s Trey Mancini. Fulmer also struck out two and did not walk anyone.
Jeimer Candelario left Monday’s game against the Orioles following a collision with O’s starter Kevin Gausman. The play seemed a bit weird — Candelario was on-deck at the time, yet still found a way to collide with Gausman — but our lovely Twitter followers helped us out.
here ya go, I’m bored and and actually diagramed it ♀️ Gausman is blue, Candy is orange, Krizan is yellow sliding into home pic.twitter.com/FtT672KN39— Hailey ⚾️ (@haileygirl10) February 26, 2018
Gausman seemingly took the worst of the blow. He had a cut on his face, and was evaluated for a concussion immediately after the play. However, he was able to speak with reporters after the game and appeared to be fine.
Candelario ended up with a bruised knee.
Spring training is the best and the worst
One of the most frustrating things about spring training is the lack of consistent gameday coverage. Take Monday’s game against the Orioles, for instance. There was no TV or radio coverage for the game on either side, and I have questions.
In particular, I want to know what happened with Tigers prospect Gregory Soto. His final line — 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 SO — isn’t noteworthy at first, but look at who he faced.
I’m glad baseball is back, but I would really like to know how this went down.
Around the horn
Should Eric Hosmer and Christian Yelich change their swings? Probably not, because they’re already good. Did we get free agency wrong? Projection systems think Mike Trout has a breakout season in him. White Sox Jake Burger suffered an Achilles injury on Monday. Even the Rays struck TV gold with a new Fox Sports contract. The Minnesota Twins are preparing for life without Miguel Sano.