J.D. Martinez on trade rumors: ‘I want to make this as hard on Chaim as possible’

Posted: 01/08/2022 in MLB
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Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez doesn’t sound like he’s ready to be dealt after potentially playing his last game with Boston before the Aug. 2 trade deadline.

“I want to make this as hard on Chaim (Bloom) as possible,” Martinez said Sunday following a two-hit performance in a win against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic.

Martinez, who’s slated to become a free agent after this season, has had his name mentioned more frequently in trade rumors as the Red Sox continue to struggle.

Boston is asking for a top-five prospect, one MLB player, and an additional piece and/or cash in return for Martinez, reports Pat Ragazzo of Sports Illustrated.

The five-time All-Star also acknowledged he’s aware things could change quickly in the next few days, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.

Martinez has been with the Red Sox since 2018, slashing .295/.366/.534 with 123 homers and 400 RBIs over 585 games.

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