The Nats’ outfield is already crowded, but room could certainly be made for J.D. Martinez. The 30-year-old outfielder has established himself as one of the premier bats in today’s game, and has the potential to put the Nats over the top.
However, Martinez will not come cheap. He was reportedly seeking $200 million earlier this off-season, which is absurd. Due to his extraordinarily high asking price, he has not garnered much serious interest this off-season.
With Spring Training right around the corner, Martinez may be forced to sign a lesser contract and hit the market again next year. Boras said that Martinez is willing to wait into Spring Training to sign a deal he feels he deserves, but he could be bluffing.
If Martinez elects to sign a pillow contract, the Nats could be the perfect destination. Adding him to an already-potent lineup featuring Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, and Rendon would cause opposing pitchers to quake with fear. This lineup would have the potential to become one of the greatest of all-time, and it would put the Nats in an even better position to win it all in 2018.
Chris Cotillo also reported earlier this off-season that the Nats are a dark horse to sign the slugger. Add in the fact that Martinez is a Boras client, and a marriage appears perfectly plausible.
Signing Martinez would require a bit of creativity and may be unlikely, but it is certainly a possibility. The longer into the off-season that Martinez remains a free agent, the harder Boras will push to have him join the Nats.