FORT MYERS, Fla. — An official announcement of J.D. Martinez’s signing in Boston may come Monday.

According to Ian Browne of, the Red Sox and Martinez’s agent Scott Boras had a productive weekend finalizing the deal that was originally reported last Monday.

NBC Sports Boston’s Evan Drellich followed up that a press conference to announce the deal would come Monday.

Martinez reportedly agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal on Monday, Feb. 19, but the announcement of the deal hit an unknown roadblock.

Several reports speculated the need for a more thorough physical for Martinez while others noted clarifications in terminology of the contract were required by both sides.

The Red Sox have not yet made an official announcement on the Martinez deal.


Last season, Martinez hit 45 home runs and drove in 104 runs in 119 games with Detroit and Arizona.

With two weeks of spring training in the books, the Red Sox have a more realistic outlook on their fifth starter role.

Both Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez have been rehabbing from knee surgery. Wright had cartilage replacement surgery in May while Rodriguez had ligament reconstruction surgery in October.

Though it already seemed a long shot that either of them would be ready for the start of the season, manager Alex Cora confirmed as much on Sunday.

“They’re taking their steps where they’re looking healthy but obviously it’s getting into March and they need their repetitions,” Cora said. “We’re not going to jeopardize their careers for one start to pitch them early.”

Neither pitcher has thrown off a mound yet, whereas the other starters have already thrown at least six mound sessions.


Brian Johnson, Hector Velazquez and Roenis Elias are among the likeliest options to begin the season as the team’s fifth starter.

Blake Swihart and Jeremy Barfield homered, starter Brian Johnson pitched two perfect innings, and the Red Sox rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Blatimore Orioles in a spring training game at Fort Myers, Florida, on Sunday.

Swihart finished 2 for 2 with a walk and three RBI. Rusney Castillo went 3 for 3.

PHILLIES: Infielder Will Middlebrooks broke his leg during a collision with teammate Andrew Pullin during a spring training game.

Manager Gave Kapler said Sunday that Middlebrooks broke his left fibula. Kapler said additional tests were needed to determine whether Middlebrooks also had ankle damage.

“Really tough time for me, but it will pass,” Middlebrooks tweeted. “I can’t wait to get back on the field with this squad.”


The former Red Sox infielder was playing third base during Saturday’s exhibition against Baltimore and went back into left field attempting to catch DJ Stewart’s popup when his ankle tangled underneath Pullin as the ball fell for a single. Middlebrooks was removed from the field on a cart.

YANKEES: Alex Rodriguez is remaining with the team as a special adviser.

A-Rod served as an adviser and instructor following his retirement as a player in August 2016 through the end of his $275 million, 10-year contract last fall.

New York said Sunday that Rodriguez and Nick Swisher had been added as special advisers, joining Reggie Jackson and Hideki Matsui.

“I think he has a lot to offer,” new Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Hopefully it’s an opportunity for him to impact our team. I think everyone understands just how smart of a baseball mind he is and his ability I think to communicate that sometimes is really something he’s special at, especially with the younger guys.”

Rodriguez is replacing Boone as an ESPN analyst on Sunday night telecasts.

TWINS: A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that free agent slugger Logan Morrison has agreed to terms on a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity, because the deal was subject to a physical exam and not yet finalized. The Twins have an option for 2019 that can also automatically vest and make it a two-year contract. Morrison had a career-high 38 home runs and 85 RBI for Tampa Bay last season.

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