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JD Martinez thinks trade deadline pressure hurt Red Sox


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“Everyone feels like it’s kind of fighting for their life.”

JD Martinez knows his time with the Red Sox is coming to an end. Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe

The Red Sox have had a lot of problems in almost every category over the past few weeks, and as JD Martinez prepares for the possibility of being traded before the August 2 deadline, he thinks he can identify one of the reasons. .

Martinez spoke to reporters after the Red Sox clawed back something of an otherwise lackluster performance over the weekend with a 7-2 win over the Brewers. For his part, Martinez was solid — 2 for 4 at the plate with a run, an RBI and a double, which snapped an 0-for-24 drop.

This crisis could be the product of recent rumors circulating around the team.

“I think the pressure has been like that since we came back from the All-Star Break,” Martinez told reporters. “Everyone feels like it’s kind of fighting for your life, fighting to keep the group together. I think maybe that’s what hurts us honestly. But whatever. C is like that.”

Sunday’s game may have been Martinez’s final at Fenway as a member of the Red Sox. The team travels to Houston for a three-game series against the Astros that begins Monday, and they won’t be back in Boston until Aug. 9. Martinez is widely expected to be one of the players given out to a contender.

“As far as I know, I’m here,” Martinez said. “I’m not going to think anything else. I wanna make it that hard for Chaim [Bloom] As I can. And if we keep winning, I think we can do it.

Ahead of Sunday’s match, Martinez opened up about how he would want to be remembered if this was indeed the end.

“I want to be remembered as a professional,” Martinez said, per The Boston Globeis Julian McWilliams. “A guy who came in and did what he had to do. I didn’t just take a contract. I played it. I take great pride in it. I gave it my all, my heart and my soul to the Red Sox.

According to WorldAccording to Alex Speier, some opposing teams expect the commercial return on Martinez to be minimal as the Red Sox look to offload his salary. Christian Vázquez and Nathan Eovaldi are other players who could draw more from a comeback.

Vázquez told reporters he didn’t know if Chaim Bloom believed in this team.

“But I know this club, [between] these walls, we believe in each other,” Vázquez said. “And I know we can do it together. We’ve done it before. And we must be together.

The Red Sox went 8-19 in July including 3-7 since the All-Star Break.

“We are here fighting together as a family,” Vázquez said. “And we will continue that. See what happens in the next few days, but we’re still here in this uniform and hopefully we can stay here.



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