David Price. (Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Everyone in Red Sox camp is excited about the addition of slugger J.D. Martinez, especially after he crushed 45 homers in just 119 games last year for the Tigers and Diamondbacks.
But the designated hitter will be well-paid--110 million dollars over 5 years if he fulfills the contract.
If Martinez struggles on or off the field, Boston fans and media will be critical, and few know that better than David Price.
The ace spoke with reporters yesterday in Fort Myers and offered his advice to Martinez on how to enjoy his experience with his new club.
"Go be yourself," he said. "Go be the hitter he's been ever since, I think it was 2014 when he had that breakout season with Detroit. He's a great dude, he's quiet, he's going to go about his business and he's going to hit a lot of homers for us."
But is he the type of guy who will embrace the scrutiny of all that goes with being a Red Sox player?
"Yeah, he's got my vote," Price said. "He's different than me, so that's good."
That last part's important. Price seems to have rabbit ears, no matter what he says. Critical messages always appear to get back to the pitcher.
Martinez would be best served to tune those out, shut down his social media accounts, and ignore the noise.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports