J.D. Martínez rejected the Giants because ‘he didn’t wanted to go’ to San Francisco

The San Francisco Giants tried to sign another star player and failed

J.D. Martínez rejected the Giants because 'he didn't wanted to go' to San Francisco

The San Francisco Giants landed their much-needed power bat to their lineup by signing Cuban slugger Jorge Soler to a three-year $42 million contract. However, Soler was only one of their options in the DH spot, as they tried to sign another star bat.

As has been happening in previous free agencies, several star players have rejected the Giants for whatever reason, missing out on Aaron Judge, Shohei Ohtani, and Bryce Harper, amongst others, with another slugger joining the list.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the San Francisco Giants offered a contract to J.D. Martínez before signing Jorge Soler, with the former Dodgers and Red Sox player rejecting the team’s terms due to reportedly ‘didn’t want to go there.’

NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic mentions that Martinez’s agent made a counteroffer to the Giants, but ‘they weren’t comfortable with’, as the reporter says that the slugger’s lack of interest in signing in San Francisco was more of an economic issue than other factors such as geography or competitiveness.

In 2023, Martínez signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $10 million after finishing a 5-season tenure with the Boston Red Sox at the end of the 2022 campaign.

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With the Dodgers, Martínez batted for .271/.321/.572 with 32 homers and 103 RBIs, playing mainly as a designated hitter. He accumulated a 134 OPS+ and a 1.9 WAR.

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