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J.D. Martinez | Outfielder | #28

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Nova Southeastern
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 20 (0) / HOU
Contract: view contract details
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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Giants have talked to the Tigers about J.D. Martinez.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network first reported of the Giants' interest in Martinez last month. Passan says that the Giants are "exploring all avenues" in their quest to land a power outfield bat. The Tigers are expect to shed payroll this winter and Martinez is looking like one of the most likely guys to go. The Phillies are another club that's interested. Dec 2 - 3:58 PM

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MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers and Phillies have had trade talks involving J.D. Martinez "but talks are not progressing."

Morosi says that the Phillies are looking for a "short-term outfield bat," which is a little odd since they can't realistically consider themselves contenders in 2017. Perhaps they'd wind up flipping Martinez to another team in July before he reaches free agency next winter. The Tigers are looking to slash payroll, and Martinez is looking likely to be dealt.
Dec 2 - 2:12 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets have some interest in Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez as a fallback option in case Yoenis Cespedes signs elsewhere.

The Mets' top priority would be to keep Yoenis Cespedes, but that's no sure thing since he's arguably the top free agent in this year's class. Martinez makes sense as a potential alternative, as he's also a right-handed hitter and the Tigers are known to be shopping him as they attempt to trim payroll. The 29-year-old hit 22 homers with a .908 OPS this past season and is due to become a free agent after 2017. Martinez could be a fit with other teams also interested in Cespedes, especially if he returns to New York.
Nov 29 - 11:26 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Giants have had recent discussions with the Tigers about a trade for outfielder J.D. Martinez.

The talks were during the recent GM meetings and have yet to advance beyond the initial stages. The Giants have been mentioned as a possible fit for free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, but Martinez is an intriguing alternative on the trade market. He's under team control for just one more season and the Tigers don't expect to engage in extension talks, so dealing him somewhere appears to be likely. Martinez, 29, slugged 22 homers with a .908 OPS (144 OPS+) in 120 games this past season.
Nov 15 - 9:06 AM

A rival executive told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that he believes J.D. Martinez is most likely to be dealt among the Tigers' potential trade chips.

It's just an opinion, but it's a pretty sound one. Martinez is due to become a free agent after the 2017 season and Tigers general manager Al Avila told the media in October that there are no plans for a long-term contract. Martinez, 29, boasts an .898 OPS over the last three years. He'd fetch a nice return for a team that is trying to get younger.
Nov 10 - 1:27 PM

Tigers GM Al Avila said he does not anticipate engaging in long-term contract negotiations this winter with outfielder J.D. Martinez.

Martinez is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2017 season and will be looking for big-time money in any sort of extension talks with the Tigers after registering a combined .898 OPS over the last three years. Avila said the team needs to get younger and cut some payroll: "I don’t foresee any talks of a long-term contract at this point," the GM told reporters in his season-wrapping presser. "Sitting here today, we’re not thinking that way right now. Can’t say we wouldn’t be thinking about that down the road."
Oct 20 - 12:07 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 and hit his 22nd homer Monday against the Indians.

22 homers in 441 at-bats is pretty good, but the surprise from Martinez this year is his .381 OBP. It doesn't count for as much as it should, since he's hitting fifth for the Tigers and not scoring a ton of runs, but he's been an elite offensive force.
Sep 26 - 11:43 PM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and a double Sunday as the Tigers beat the Indians 9-5.

Martinez's homer off Roman Colon in the top of the ninth put the game away. Martinez has 21 homers and 32 doubles in just 108 games this season. If he weren't hitting behind slow-footed Victor Martinez, he'd have more than 62 RBI.
Sep 18 - 5:00 PM

J.D. Martinez was ejected from Saturday's game against the Angels in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Tigers have had a problem with Mike Everitt's strike zone all night long. Victor Martinez, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, and hitting coach Wally Joyner have also been ejected from the game. It's safe to say that Everitt is not a popular guy in Detroit tonight.
Aug 27 - 9:26 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 and smacked a solo home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.

He took a Heath Hembree offering over the left field wall in the seventh inning to bring the Tigers within one but they would ultimately fall short. The slugger missed six weeks with a broken elbow or else he might be an MVP candidate. He is batting .316/.383/.576 with 18 home runs and 48 RBI in 82 games.
Aug 21 - 12:57 AM

J.D. Martinez clubbed a two-run homer off of Rick Porcello on Friday, accounting for all of his club's offense in an ugly loss to the Red Sox.

His two-run shot in the second inning pulled the Tigers to within two runs at 4-2, but that would be as close as they would get. Martinez also singled, finishing the night 2-for-3 plus a walk. He has been stinging the ball since his return from the disabled list and is now hitting .312/.380/.558 with 16 homers and 46 RBI on the year.
Aug 19 - 10:00 PM

J.D. Martinez singled and ripped a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Royals.

Martinez took Ian Kennedy deep with one out in the seventh inning, but that's all the Tigers were able to put together in this one. The slugger has now homered in two straight games and in three of his last six contests.
Aug 15 - 10:39 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to provide the margin of victory in a win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

The home run off ace Chris Sale was his 13th of the season. This was his first game since being activated from a six-week stint on the disabled list. The Tigers and his fantasy owners alike are thrilled to get his .289/.360/.534 slash line back on their active roster.
Aug 3 - 10:05 PM

J.D. Martinez (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

Martinez played in both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday with Triple-A Toledo and had no issues. The slugger has been sidelined since mid-June because of a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck in his right elbow. He'll return Wednesday to a stellar .878 OPS.
Aug 2 - 10:45 PM

J.D. Martinez (elbow) is expected to return to the Tigers before the end of this week.

Martinez is 9-for-29 (.310) with three doubles and three RBI so far on his six-game minor league rehab assignment. He was limited to DH duties in the first five of those games, but Martinez played right field at Triple-A Toledo on Monday without issue. He has been on the disabled list since mid-June with a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow.
Aug 2 - 5:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2John Hicks
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Tyler Collins
CF1JaCoby Jones
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
5Anibal Sanchez
6Daniel Norris
7Matt Boyd
8Myles Jaye
9Sandy Baez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Bruce Rondon
8Kyle Ryan
9Blaine Hardy
10Buck Farmer
11Chad Bell
12William Cuevas
13Logan Kensing
14Dustin Molleken