JD Martinez decides not to opt out of last year with the Red Sox, per. report

JD Martinez decided not to opt out of his final year under contract with the Red Sox, according to the MLB Network.

Martinez is set to earn $ 19.375 million by 2022. This is the final year of his $ 110 million five-year contract, which he signed before the 2018 season.

There was speculation from around the industry, including by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, that Martinez would opt out and test free agency as a 34-year-old, the same age as Nelson Cruz was when he reached a $ 57 million four-year deal with the sailors . But with the continuing uncertainty surrounding the new collective agreement, it looks like Martinez wanted security for a guaranteed deal in 2022.

Kyle Schwarber rejected his mutual option earlier this week and will test free agency. The Sox have made it clear that they thought Schwarber was a perfect fit in Boston, and it will be interesting to see if they are willing to pay the market price for Schwarber if they also have Martinez on the list.

The Sox will save some money while rejecting the options of Garrett Richards ($ 10 million, $ 1.5 million buyout) and Martin Perez ($ 6 million, $ 500,000 buyout), as first reported by MassLive.com and the globe, respectively.

Both players were expected to have their options rejected after disappointing seasons in 2021.

Richards looked good starting in two months until the rules around sticky drugs were changed in the middle of the season. He had 7.15 ERA in his last 10 starts before being moved to the bullpen. The 33-year-old flourished temporarily in an emergency role, but disappeared down the stretch and ended up with a 3.42 ERA without emergency assistance.

Perez was a fitting fifth starter most of the season, finishing with a 4.74 ERA over 114 innings.

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