J.D. Martinez not leaning toward taking opt-out


The debate dwindled as the season progressed, but talking with the media Friday it seemed like J.D. Martinez has pretty much locked in on an answer.

Martinez gave a strong sign that he will not be opting out of his contract with the Red Sox for the 2021 season. He can still opt-out for the final year of the deal.

Martinez, who was paid $23.75 million, is slated to make $19.375 million in each of the next two seasons.

"I have to talk to Scott but given the situation and everything it's probably not leaning the way" Martinez said. "But that's me. I have to talk to Scott (Boras). He's the Jefe. You have to talk to Scott. He has the answers."

After his struggles in 2020 -- which put his batting average at .217 with an OPS of .682 and six homers heading into Friday -- the prospects of making more in the free agent market than what he is owed by the Red Sox seem slim.