Do you have a link or two to that reporting? Not that I think you're making it up, but I don't remember reports that teams were willing to take his salary and give a prospect. I don't really remember anything other than idle speculation from reporters and pundits as far as what a JDM salary dump might look like. That's quite different from teams actually making offers that Bloom turned down.All of the available reporting we have says that teams were willing to take on JDM’s salary and offer a middling prospect as well. Basically the equivalent of a salary dump.
The question isn’t whether teams would take on JDM, it’s whether it was worth it to Bloom and the Sox FO to trade him just to get rid of his salary. I don’t think there’s any merit to the suggestion that no one wanted Martinez at his salary or that the Sox would have to attach something to him to get a team to take him on