JD Martinez agrees to join Mets

Designated hitter JD Martinez (36), who hit 315 home runs in the Major League Baseball (MLB) career, is about to sign a contract with the New York Mets.

The number of competitors for Choi Ji-man (32), who is seeking to re-enter the big league after signing a split contract with the Mets, has increased.

MLB.com reported on the 22nd (Korean time), “The Mets, who are in need of a designated hitter, have agreed to a one-year contract with Martinez,” and added, “We will hear official news of the contract soon.”

Local media predict that Martinez will sign on terms worth 12 million won (about 16.01 billion won) per year.

It has been reported that an agreement has been reached to receive $4.5 million this season for the Mets, who have already exceeded the competitive balance tax threshold, and to defer payment of the remaining amount.

Martinez was a slugger who drew attention among the remaining hitters in the MLB free agent (FA) market.

Last year, Martinez appeared in 113 games wearing the Los Angeles Dodgers uniform and posted a batting average of 0.217, 33 home runs, and 103 RBI.

Ji-Man Choi is struggling with a batting average of 0.182 (6 hits in 33 at-bats), 1 home run, and 4 RBI in exhibition games until the 22nd.

The Mets will hold exhibition games until the 26th and play their first game of the season on the 29th.

Once Martinez completes his contract with the Mets, the possibility of Choi Ji-man entering the opening roster (26 players) is expected to decrease. 토토사이트