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Mets Rumors: J.D. Martinez, NYM Not Near Contract Settlement in MLB Free Company

Scott Polacek @@ScottPolacek Featured Columnist IV February 8, 2024 Harry How/Getty Images Don’t buy that J.D. Martinez jersey yet, New York Mets fans. While Andy Martino of SNY noted there has been some contact between the National League East team and the veteran designated hitter, he reported they are not “anywhere near” reaching a deal.

Mets Rumors: J.D. Martinez, NYM Not Near Contract Settlement in MLB Free Company

Scott LogoFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 8, 2024

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning in Game Two of the Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Do not buy that J.D. Martinez jersey but, New York Mets followers.

Whereas Andy Martino of SNY famous there was some contact between the Nationwide League East staff and the veteran designated hitter, he reported they aren’t “wherever close to” reaching a deal.

He offered extra context and made it appear to be New York doubtless will not find yourself signing Martinez this offseason.

In keeping with Martino, the Mets “are already pushing the outer reaches of the place they need to be with their 2024 payroll” and are not excited by paying a premium on the designated hitter place. The Milwaukee Brewers inked Rhys Hoskins to a two yr, $34 million contract, and Martinez is somebody who may commande greater than that.

Exterior of the monetary part, New York additionally apparently needs to maintain the DH spot open for Mark Vientos or veterans resembling Starling Marte.

Which means Martinez could find yourself bolstering one other lineup in 2024.

Whereas he’s 36 years outdated, he remained productive as an All-Star in 2023 for the Los Angeles Dodgers who slashed .271/.321/.572 with 33 house runs and 103 RBI. It was the fifth time he drove in additional than 100 runs and the fifth time he launched greater than 30 house runs in his profession.

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Martinez has all the time been a productive slugger on the plate and has performed for the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Crimson Sox and Dodgers all through his profession.

He received the 2018 World Collection with Boston and is a six-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger.

Whereas Martinez is not going to generate the headlines that Shohei Ohtani and others drew earlier this offseason, he’s somebody who would make any lineup higher and will make the distinction in a playoff push.

It stays to be seen the place he’ll finally find yourself in 2024, but it surely would not appear to be it will likely be with the Mets.

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