The Chicago Bears used the transition tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller, guaranteeing Fuller $12.971 million for 2018 and giving Chicago the right to match any offers.
This hasn’t prevented the occasional disastrous top pick from entering the league. Anthony Bennett would be the most obvious example, although it would have been hard to find many in June 2013 who believed he was the draft’s best prospect. It so happened that one person who did was holding the No. 1 overall pick: GM Chris Grant of the Cavaliers. He lost that job less than a year later.
However, the one-and-dones who have been prominent picks have, on balance, been extremely successful.
There’s no doubt that as you’re watching a 17-year-old grow into an 18/19-year-old NBA prospect, there’s no question the higher level you get to eyeball him at, the more helpful it is in determining whether a guy is going to be a good NBA player or not, said college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla, who covers the draft for ESPN.
That’s why baseball drafts 40 rounds, because oftentimes they’re taking high school players who are going to flame out. It’s harder to evaluate a player at the high school level than if he’s playing in the ACC or Big 12.
Although Martinez will be Boston’s primary designated hitter, he is expected to get time in the field. With the Red Sox playing split-squad games, he played left field and batted cleanup.
Facing Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi, Martinez twice flied out.
“Seeing the ball, just going up there and trying to slow the ball down as best as I can and swing at strikes,” Martinez said. “Really, that’s all I was really worried about — just get a pitch over the plate and put a good swing on it.
“It felt good. It was fun. You don’t realize how much you miss something until you can’t do it and you haven’t been able to do it for a while. So it was fun to get out there.”
The AL East champion Red Sox announced Feb. 26 that they had signed Martinez to a $110 million, five-year deal. The 30-year-old hit a combined .303 with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs last season in 119 games with Detroit and Arizona.
In his first game for Boston, Martinez hit behind Hanley Ramirez, who was serving as the DH. It’s a combination the Red Sox hope will add punch to a lineup that finished last in the American League with 168 home runs last season.