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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
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J.D. Martinez said Wednesday that he's able to put weight on his sprained right foot.
That's encouraging to hear, but we really won't know anything specific until he goes for a CT scan during a visit to Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Friday. There's no clear timetable right now, but Opening Day is probably unrealistic. It's time to move him down draft boards slightly. Mar 22 - 9:00 AM

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J.D. Martinez (foot) will undergo a stress CT scan while visiting Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Friday.

The Tigers have the MRI results on Martinez's right foot, but they want him to see a specialist before they reveal anything. This all seems to be pointing toward an extended absence for the outfielder, but more will obviously be known in a few days. If you have your fantasy draft before then, you'd be wise to move Martinez down in your rankings a bit.
Mar 20 - 4:41 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that the club received the MRI results on the right foot of J.D. Martinez but they're awaiting a second opinion from a specialist before making any announcement.

That doesn't sound too promising. Martinez was injured while trying to catch a ball in the outfield during Saturday's Grapefruit League game. Initial X-rays came back negative, but it appears as though the MRI may have picked up something. Expect an update from the Tigers within the next day or two.
Mar 19 - 4:16 PM

J.D. Martinez (foot) will undergo an MRI on Sunday.

X-rays on Martinez's right foot came back negative, and the initial diagnosis is a mid-foot sprain. However, an MRI will provide more clarity on his situation. Martinez was injured while trying to make a catch in a Grapefruit League game Saturday and was later seen walking around on crutches. The Tigers should have an update on his status later Sunday.
Mar 19 - 9:28 AM

J.D. Martinez has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain.

The injury is to his right foot. Martinez hurt himself laying out for a catch in right field Saturday against the Marlins. He was seen on crutches a short time later but his X-rays came back negative. The Tigers will reevaluate Martinez on Sunday. Though it appears Martinez was able to avoid a serious injury, his status for Opening Day is very much in question.
Mar 18 - 3:21 PM

J.D. Martinez left Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins with a right ankle injury.

Martinez hurt himself making a shoestring catch in right field for the last out of the first inning. He was helped off by a trainer and was noticeably favoring his right leg as he made his way off the field. Martinez was later seen sporting crutches but said he was feeling better. Alex Presley took over in right field after Martinez exited. Losing Martinez for any amount of time would be a big blow to the Tigers' lineup.
Mar 18 - 2:47 PM

J.D. Martinez (pectorals) is back in the Tigers' lineup for Monday's Grapefruit League game.

He will start in right field and bat cleanup against the Braves after sitting out a couple days due to minor soreness in one of his pectoral muscles. It obviously wasn't serious.
Feb 27 - 8:57 AM

J.D. Martinez was scratched from the Tigers' starting lineup on Saturday due to tightness in his pectoral muscle.

It doesn't sound as though it's anything serious, but at this point in the spring there's no reason to take any chances. Mikie Mahtook will slide into the starting lineup in his place, with Juan Perez shifting over to right field.
Feb 25 - 9:15 AM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Tigers are continuing to "field calls" on J.D. Martinez.

The Tigers have made Martinez available but so far trade talks haven't gone very far. Per Crasnick, the Tigers are seeking "young, controllable talent" in a return package. The Giants and Phillies have shown the most interest in Martinez this offseason, though a deal has never been imminent.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 10:32:00 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 03:58:00 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 02:12:00 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.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 11:26:00 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.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 09:06:00 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.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 01:27:00 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."
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 12:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3John Hicks
4Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Efren Navarro
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Omar Infante
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Brendan Ryan
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Juan Perez
3Jim Adduci
CF1Tyler Collins
2Mikie Mahtook
3JaCoby Jones
4Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Anibal Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Mike Pelfrey
7Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Alex Wilson
6Mark Lowe
7Daniel Stumpf
8Blaine Hardy
9Kyle Ryan
10Edward Mujica
11Logan Kensing