Despite driving in a league-high 130 runs this season, Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez was not among the three finalists for AL MVP.
Scott Boras, Martinez’s agent, isn’t pleased.
“There’s a complete breach of understanding of the value of a player,” Boras said, via MLB Network Radio’s Casey Stern. “Every voter should be brought publicly into a forum and be taken to task for their negligence.”
The winner of the award, which is voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be revealed Nov. 15. According to the BBWAA’s website, there is “no clear-cut definition” of what “most valuable” means, though three factors are listed on the ballot for voters to consider: offensive and defensive value, number of games played, and general character.
The three finalists this season are José Ramirez, of the Cleveland Indians, Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels, and Martinez’s teammate, Mookie Betts.
Martinez inked a five-year, $110 million deal with the Red Sox in February, and he can opt out of the contract after the 2019 or 2020 seasons. In his first year in Boston, he posted career highs in several statistical categories, including hits (188), doubles (37), batting average (.330), on-base percentage (.402), and total bases (358).