Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, who is entering the final year of his contract, told the Boston Herald he wants to remain with the Sox rather than explore the free-agent process.
"I don’t want to be jumping around, I don’t want to go somewhere else," Martinez told the paper. "First, I didn’t want to go out of the Indians organization. Then I’m out, and now I’m here. I came to the place where a lot of players dream to come and a lot of players wish to play here in Boston. So I’m here, I do really want to stay here and hopefully end my career in Boston."
Martinez, who hit .336 and drove in 41 runs in 56 games after being acquired at the trade deadline, is making $7.7 million in the final year of his contract.
"Like I said, I don’t really want to be a free agent," said Martinez, who added a warning: "As soon as the season starts, I don’t want to be talking about numbers or be talking about something that can distract me from the game and distract my teammates. … As soon as the season starts, I barely talk to my mom."