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J.D. Martinez | Outfielder

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 219
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Tigers and OF J.D. Martinez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.
The financials of the deal aren't yet known. Martinez had a big breakout season for Detroit in 2014, batting .315/.358/.553 with 23 homers and 76 RBI. He's slated to be the Tigers' everyday right fielder in 2015. Jan 16 - 5:07 PM

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J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with an RBI double as the Tigers dropped a decisive Game 3 of the American League Division Series to the Orioles on Saturday.

The Tigers offense had been kept at bay for the majority of the evening, but mounted a rally against Orioles closer Zach Britton in the ninth as Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez each doubled to begin the frame. One of the breakout stars of the 2014 season, Martinez should be penciled in as the fifth hitter in the Tigers lineup next season, which should continue to provide ample RBI chances.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 08:02:00 PM

J.D. Martinez launched a three-run homer, his second longball in as many days, in Friday's loss to the Orioles.

The Orioles got on board first with Nick Markakis' two-run shot in the first inning, but The Tigers broke out with five runs in the fifth, highlighted by back-to-back blasts from Martinez and Nick Castellanos. One of this year's breakout stars, Martinez has now gone deep in each of his first two career postseason contests.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 03:54:00 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a three-run, go-ahead home run in the ninth inning against the Twins Tuesday.

With two runners on and two outs, Martinez launched the three-run shot off Twins closer Glen Perkins to give the Tigers their first lead of the game. Martinez finished 2-for-3 with a walk. He's now got 23 home runs to go with a .313/.358/.570 line in what has been a coming out party for the 27-year-old.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 11:15:00 PM

J.D. Martinez slugged his 22nd home run of the season in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Indians.

Martinez opened the game's scoring with a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth and then tallied his second RBI of the day on a single in the bottom of the sixth. Martinez continues to enjoy a breakout 2014, now with a .305/.350/.557 batting line and 71 RBI in 110 games. Detroit remains atop the American League Central.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 05:17:00 PM

J.D. Martinez clobbered his 21st home run of the season and drove home four runs on Friday to lead the Tigers to a 7-2 win over the Indians.

Martinez broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run blast off Carlos Carrasco in the fourth inning, then added on with a two-run triple in the seventh to put the game away. The clubhouse favorite to take home American League Comeback Player of the Year honors, it's hard to envision where the Tigers would be without his .305/.347/.553 line, 21 bombs and 69 RBI this season.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 11:26:00 PM

J.D. Martinez knocked in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a solo home run as the Tigers held off the Royals on Tuesday.

With the win, the Tigers move into a first-place tie with the Royals in the AL Central. Martinez put the Tigers on the board with the sac fly in the first inning, then added the solo blast in the fifth inning off of Jason Vargas. The 27-year-old has been a godsend for the Tigers, as he now has 20 home runs, 65 RBI, and a .305/.348/.545 slash line in 414 plate appearances.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 11:14:00 PM

J.D. Martinez slugged a go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning as the Tigers came back to beat the Indians on Tuesday.

The Tigers entered the inning trailing 2-1, but immediately put two runners on base against Cody Allen. After Victor Martinez flied out, J.D. Martinez pushed a fly ball 418 feet out to center field to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead, which was then protected by closer Joe Nathan. Martinez finished 3-for-5 on the night. He now sits on an impressive .311/.352/.559 slash line with 19 home runs and 63 RBI.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:09:00 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a solo home run in Monday's 12-1 win over the Indians.

Martinez finished the day 2-for-4 with a single and a walk. The solo shot off of Corey Kluber gave Martinez 60 RBI and 18 long balls for the season. The third-year player has been putting up career-high numbers in his first year with the Tigers, as he's already set personal season marks in home runs (18), RBI (60) and runs (43). He's slashing .304/.343/.542.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 08:51:00 PM

J.D. Martinez paced the Tigers offensive onslaught in Friday’s 7-1 victory over the White Sox, going 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

Martinez has been an invaluable addition to the Tigers offense this season, coming out of relative obscurity to slash .312/.353/.556 with 17 homers and 58 RBI in 333 at-bats.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 11:47:00 PM

J.D. Martinez finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI single as the Tigers won on Tuesday against the Yankees.

Martinez has now had three multi-hit games in a row and has hit safely in five consecutively. An early August swoon saw his OPS dip below .900, but Tuesday's effort has picked it back up to .912. He's sitting on 17 home runs and 58 RBI in 347 plate appearances.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:09:00 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk versus the Pirates on Thursday.

Martinez has struggled since the All-Star break, combining poor offense with very shaky defense, but the Tigers have stuck with him, probably in part because the Austin Jackson trade left them without a real alternative in left field. There's very little chance that he'll go back to hitting like he did in the first half, but he can be a .260 guy with pretty good pop the rest of the way. It'd just be nice if he could play better defense in the process.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 04:26:00 PM

J.D. Martinez went 0-for-2 with a walk on Thursday before being removed for pinch-hitting Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning.

There were none out and two on when Martinez was set to bat, yet manager Brad Ausmus chose to use Cabrera then rather than save him for Don Kelly's spot immediately afterwards. It could be a sign that his confidence in Martinez has wavered after a 1-for-16 series that lowered his average from .319 to .304. Of course, it also had something to do with Yankees closer David Robertson being more effective against lefties than righties (though Kelly is a lefty as well).
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 04:05:00 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 and hit his 14th homer Thursday versus the White Sox.

Martinez was slumping before the White Sox came to down, but he's 5-for-10 with three RBI the last three days. His spot in the Tigers' outfield seems especially locked in now with Austin Jackson gone to Seattle.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 06:32:00 PM

J.D. Martinez has returned to the Tigers starting lineup on Friday after missing a pair of games with a quad injury.

The 26-year-old is enjoying a breakout season, where he's slashing .327/.363/.606 with 13 long balls and 44 RBI in just 208 at-bats. Fantasy owners can safely have him active for the weekend.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 07:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
3Josh Wilson
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Casper Wells
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Wynton Bernard
4Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Joel Hanrahan
7Tom Gorzelanny
8Blaine Hardy
9Alex Wilson
10Josh Zeid
11Kyle Ryan
12Alberto Cabrera
13Angel Nesbitt
14Rafael Dolis