FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last February, at this time, J.D. Martinez was still unsigned.
His agent, Scott Boras, had predicted a contract in excess of $200 million, yet as teams began their spring training workouts, Martinez was home in Miami, his future undetermined.
What a difference a year can make.
Martinez would eventually sign with the Red Sox, though for a deal which was roughly half of what his agent had forecast. He would make that seem like a bargain when he led all of baseball in RBI and total bases, was second in homers, slugging percentage and OPS.
Now as he begins his second season with the Red Sox, the question needs to be asked: What does Martinez do to top his first?