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<p>FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Boston Red Sox have still yet to finalize their contract with prized free agent J.D. Martinez.</p><p>Manager Alex Cora said after Boston’s Grapefruit League exhibition opener against Minnesota on Friday that he’s not bothered by the delay and is simply focused on preparing the players he already has in camp.</p><p>”We’re still working and getting ready, you know? That’s all we can do,” Cora said after the Red Sox beat the Twins 4-3 at JetBlue Park.</p><p>Martinez agreed to terms on Monday to a deal that’s as long as five years and worth as much as $110 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract is subject to a successful physical exam and has not been announced by the club.</p><p>Nine-figure deals like this one need due diligence, and teams usually take out insurance policies on fully guaranteed big-money contracts in case a player is injured and unable to play out the balance of the deal. Once spring training starts and a club’s operations have relocated to Florida, there can be logistical complications that wouldn’t be the case at home during the regular season.</p><p>Just another reminder of how the business side of the sport can often supersede the actual baseball part. The Minnesota Twins, for example, agreed to terms on a contract with pitcher Anibal Sanchez last week and announced the deal four days later.</p><p>”I’m not concerned. I’m not concerned,” the first-year manager Cora said, repeating for emphasis. ”The only thing I can do is do my thing, and my job is to show up every day and get them ready.”</p><p>Martinez hit 45 homers in 119 combined games in 2017 with Detroit and Arizona. The Tigers traded him to the Diamondbacks on July 18. He was long linked to the Red Sox, who have a lineup full of young, productive players but lacked power last season while finishing with the fewest home runs in the American League.</p><p>With All-Star Mookie Betts entrenched in right field, Martinez’s primary position, the 30-year-old will likely become the primary designated hitter. Hanley Ramirez, then, would platoon at first base with Mitch Moreland. The Red Sox were more than eager to welcome an accomplished, potent bat like Martinez’s to the lineup after an offseason when the rival New York Yankees flexed their muscle by adding slugger Giancarlo Stanton.</p><p>”To be able to combat those moves with a guy like J.D., that was a good move,” Red Sox pitcher David Price said.</p>
J.D. Martinez to Red Sox Held Up by Medical Matter; Cora Not Conerened

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Boston Red Sox have still yet to finalize their contract with prized free agent J.D. Martinez.

Manager Alex Cora said after Boston’s Grapefruit League exhibition opener against Minnesota on Friday that he’s not bothered by the delay and is simply focused on preparing the players he already has in camp.

”We’re still working and getting ready, you know? That’s all we can do,” Cora said after the Red Sox beat the Twins 4-3 at JetBlue Park.

Martinez agreed to terms on Monday to a deal that’s as long as five years and worth as much as $110 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract is subject to a successful physical exam and has not been announced by the club.

Nine-figure deals like this one need due diligence, and teams usually take out insurance policies on fully guaranteed big-money contracts in case a player is injured and unable to play out the balance of the deal. Once spring training starts and a club’s operations have relocated to Florida, there can be logistical complications that wouldn’t be the case at home during the regular season.

Just another reminder of how the business side of the sport can often supersede the actual baseball part. The Minnesota Twins, for example, agreed to terms on a contract with pitcher Anibal Sanchez last week and announced the deal four days later.

”I’m not concerned. I’m not concerned,” the first-year manager Cora said, repeating for emphasis. ”The only thing I can do is do my thing, and my job is to show up every day and get them ready.”

Martinez hit 45 homers in 119 combined games in 2017 with Detroit and Arizona. The Tigers traded him to the Diamondbacks on July 18. He was long linked to the Red Sox, who have a lineup full of young, productive players but lacked power last season while finishing with the fewest home runs in the American League.

With All-Star Mookie Betts entrenched in right field, Martinez’s primary position, the 30-year-old will likely become the primary designated hitter. Hanley Ramirez, then, would platoon at first base with Mitch Moreland. The Red Sox were more than eager to welcome an accomplished, potent bat like Martinez’s to the lineup after an offseason when the rival New York Yankees flexed their muscle by adding slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

”To be able to combat those moves with a guy like J.D., that was a good move,” Red Sox pitcher David Price said.

FILE - In this April 8, 2015, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Chris Martin throws out Toronto Blue Jays&#39; Jose Reyes during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. Martin, now with the Texas Rangers, went to Arlington High School, not far from Globe Life Park. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
Hometown reliever Chris Martin takes winding road to Rangers
FILE - In this April 8, 2015, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Chris Martin throws out Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Reyes during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. Martin, now with the Texas Rangers, went to Arlington High School, not far from Globe Life Park. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
New York Yankees&#39; Giancarlo Stanton bats during the first inning of a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Boone gets a new view and a win in spring training debut
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton bats during the first inning of a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees&#39; Giancarlo Stanton tosses his bat after drawing a walk during the first inning of a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Boone gets a new view and a win in spring training debut
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton tosses his bat after drawing a walk during the first inning of a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees&#39; Giancarlo Stanton looks out from the dugout before a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Stanton is wearing a hat to honor the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Boone gets a new view and a win in spring training debut
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton looks out from the dugout before a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Stanton is wearing a hat to honor the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees&#39; Giancarlo Stanton (27) waves as he is introduced before a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Boone gets a new view and a win in spring training debut
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton (27) waves as he is introduced before a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, right, and Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, left, meet with the umpires before a baseball spring exhibition game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Boone is managing his first baseball game at any level. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Boone gets a new view and a win in spring training debut
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, right, and Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, left, meet with the umpires before a baseball spring exhibition game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Boone is managing his first baseball game at any level. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone stands with bench coach Josh Bard, left, before a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Boone is managing his first baseball game at any level. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Boone gets a new view and a win in spring training debut
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone stands with bench coach Josh Bard, left, before a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Boone is managing his first baseball game at any level. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone wears a hat honoring the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as he watches batting practice before a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Boone gets a new view and a win in spring training debut
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone wears a hat honoring the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as he watches batting practice before a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire wears a hat honoring the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, before a baseball spring exhibition game against the New York Yankees, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Boone gets a new view and a win in spring training debut
Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire wears a hat honoring the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, before a baseball spring exhibition game against the New York Yankees, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees&#39; Giancarlo Stanton runs from the dugout as he is introduced before a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Boone gets a new view and a win in spring training debut
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton runs from the dugout as he is introduced before a baseball spring exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros relief pitcher Francisco Liriano throws during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball&#39;s American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees in New York. The Detroit Tigers have added depth to their pitching staff by agreeing to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Liriano. The move was announced during the Tigers&#39; spring training opener Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, against the Yankees. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Liriano agrees to $4 million, 1-year deal with Tigers
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros relief pitcher Francisco Liriano throws during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees in New York. The Detroit Tigers have added depth to their pitching staff by agreeing to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Liriano. The move was announced during the Tigers' spring training opener Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, against the Yankees. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
New York Yankees&#39; Brandon Drury (29) walks off the field after batting practice before a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Drury hopes to launch Yankees career after remaking swing
New York Yankees' Brandon Drury (29) walks off the field after batting practice before a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
When you think &quot;underdog,&quot; you gotta think &quot;New York Yankees&quot;
Brian Cashman: Yankees are ‘little engine that could’
When you think "underdog," you gotta think "New York Yankees"
When you think &quot;underdog,&quot; you gotta think &quot;New York Yankees&quot;
Brian Cashman: Yankees are ‘little engine that could’
When you think "underdog," you gotta think "New York Yankees"
FILE - This March 28, 2015 file photo shows Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talking with fellow Texas Rangers in the dugout during a spring training baseball game between the Texas Rangers and the San Diego Padres in Surprise, Ariz. Wilson has been traded from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees. The Rangers selected Wilson in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft during the winter meetings in December 2013, about two months before he led the Seahawks to a win over Denver in the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to join Yankees' camp Monday
FILE - This March 28, 2015 file photo shows Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talking with fellow Texas Rangers in the dugout during a spring training baseball game between the Texas Rangers and the San Diego Padres in Surprise, Ariz. Wilson has been traded from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees. The Rangers selected Wilson in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft during the winter meetings in December 2013, about two months before he led the Seahawks to a win over Denver in the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 file photo, Tampa Bay Rays&#39; Steven Souza Jr. celebrates after his walk off home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jacob Barnes during the ninth inning of an interleague baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Arizona Diamondbacks have sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that includes five players, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris O&#39;Meara, File)
Surprised by trade, Souza take prime role with Diamondbacks
FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Steven Souza Jr. celebrates after his walk off home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jacob Barnes during the ninth inning of an interleague baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Arizona Diamondbacks have sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that includes five players, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
Former MLB slugger Mo Vaughn joins Tiki and Tierney to discuss how the Yankees should insert Mike Stanton into their lineup.
Tiki and Tierney: Mo Vaughn talks New York Yankees
Former MLB slugger Mo Vaughn joins Tiki and Tierney to discuss how the Yankees should insert Mike Stanton into their lineup.
Former MLB slugger Mo Vaughn joins Tiki and Tierney to discuss how the Yankees should insert Mike Stanton into their lineup.
Tiki and Tierney: Mo Vaughn talks New York Yankees
Former MLB slugger Mo Vaughn joins Tiki and Tierney to discuss how the Yankees should insert Mike Stanton into their lineup.
Former MLB slugger Mo Vaughn joins Tiki and Tierney to discuss how the Yankees should insert Mike Stanton into their lineup.
Tiki and Tierney: Mo Vaughn talks New York Yankees
Former MLB slugger Mo Vaughn joins Tiki and Tierney to discuss how the Yankees should insert Mike Stanton into their lineup.
Former MLB slugger Mo Vaughn joins Tiki and Tierney to discuss how the Yankees should insert Mike Stanton into their lineup.
Tiki and Tierney: Mo Vaughn talks New York Yankees
Former MLB slugger Mo Vaughn joins Tiki and Tierney to discuss how the Yankees should insert Mike Stanton into their lineup.
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Brandon Drury waits to hit prior to the National League wild-card playoff baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Phoenix. The Arizona Diamondbacks have sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that includes five players, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Newly acquired Drury now front-runner to play 3B for Yankees
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Brandon Drury waits to hit prior to the National League wild-card playoff baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Phoenix. The Arizona Diamondbacks have sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that includes five players, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks with Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman at baseball spring training camp, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Newly acquired Drury now front-runner to play 3B for Yankees
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks with Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman at baseball spring training camp, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A three-team MLB trade saw the New York Yankees acquire infielder Brandon Drury.
Yankees acquire Drury in three-team deal with Diamondbacks, Rays
A three-team MLB trade saw the New York Yankees acquire infielder Brandon Drury.
<p>New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was allowed to travel to Cuba for the first time in more than eight years and he received a warm welcome in his hometown of Holguin during the off-season, according to ESPN&#39;s Marly Rivera.</p><p>In July 2009, Chapman defected from Cuba when he left the national team during a tournament in the Netherlands and headed to Amsterdam and Barcelona. He eventually landed in Andorra in the Pyrenees, where he established residency that allowed him to become a free agent under baseball&#39;s rules. He attempted to defect in 2008 and was unsuccessful so Cuba kept him off the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing. </p><p><em>Watch Chapman make his return below:</em></p><p>Chapman is coming off a season in which he recorded 22 saves with a 3.22 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings. He turns 30 years old later this month.</p>
Watch: Aroldis Chapman Returns To Cuba For First Time In Eight Years

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was allowed to travel to Cuba for the first time in more than eight years and he received a warm welcome in his hometown of Holguin during the off-season, according to ESPN's Marly Rivera.

In July 2009, Chapman defected from Cuba when he left the national team during a tournament in the Netherlands and headed to Amsterdam and Barcelona. He eventually landed in Andorra in the Pyrenees, where he established residency that allowed him to become a free agent under baseball's rules. He attempted to defect in 2008 and was unsuccessful so Cuba kept him off the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing.

Watch Chapman make his return below:

Chapman is coming off a season in which he recorded 22 saves with a 3.22 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings. He turns 30 years old later this month.

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