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J.D. Martinez | Outfielder | #28

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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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J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Athletics, highlighted by a three-run homer in the second inning.
Martinez is no longer a feel-good story. He's one of the most-feared hitters in the American League. The 28-year-old is hitting .293/.360/.467 and has very few flaws in his offensive game. He handles both righties and lefties, has a 9.3 percent walk rate, and hits for both average and power. It's crazy to think he only hit 24 homers in three years with the Astros. He hit 38 last year alone. Apr 28 - 12:06 AM

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J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk on Wednesday night in a 7-3 victory over the Pirates.

Martinez has transformed himself into one of the premier hitters in the American League. After Wednesday, he's hitting .448/.500/.655 and now has three doubles and a home run in just seven games. The 28-year-old launched 38 homers a year ago and drove in 102 runs. It's quite conceivable that he could match those numbers this season, batting behind the productive trio of Ian Kinsler, Justin Upton and Miguel Cabrera.
Apr 14 - 12:42 AM

J.D. Martinez cranked his first home run of the season Monday in the Tigers' loss to the Pirates.

It was a solo shot off Pirates left-hander Jon Niese in the bottom of the fifth inning. Martinez also had a single in the game, and he's now batting .350 with a .959 OPS through 22 plate appearances this season.
Apr 11 - 4:39 PM

J.D. Martinez had a three-homer game to lead the Tigers past a Yankees split-squad 10-6 on Thursday.

Two of the homers came off Chad Green, a former Tigers prospect who was sent to the Tigers in the Justin Wilson deal over the winter. The other came off Conor Mullee. It's safe to say Martinez won't be facing either pitcher in regular-season games this year. He'll be just fine, though.
Mar 31 - 5:18 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer off the Braves' Bud Norris on Tuesday.

Even with Victor Martinez out, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus left J.D. in his customary fifth spot in the lineup today. One would think a V-Mart injury would benefit J.D., but Ausmus really wants a left-handed bat in the cleanup spot splitting up all of his righties. Today, it was the switch-hitting Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Mar 15 - 4:24 PM

J.D. Martinez homered and walked twice as the Tigers routed the Marlins 9-2 on Sunday.

Martinez is arguably one of the AL's top 10 hitters, but he's going to keep batting fifth for the Detroit this year. At least both Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez should have strong OBPs ahead of him. On the other hand, they're also two of the league's slower runners, making it tougher for J.D. to pick up ribbies on his singles and doubles.
Mar 6 - 5:06 PM

Tigers and OF J.D. Martinez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $18.5 million contract.

The deal was reported on Monday and it's now official. Per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, Martinez will make $6.75 million in 2016 and $11.75 million in 2017. The two-year deal buys out his final two seasons of arbitration-eligibility, so he's still scheduled to hit free agency after 2017. The 28-year-old led the Tigers with 38 homers and 102 RBI last season.
Feb 10 - 10:49 AM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Tigers and J.D. Martinez have agreed to a two-year contract.

Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com hears that the deal, which buys out Martinez's final two years of arbitration eligibility, is worth $18.5 million. The 28-year-old slashed .282/.344/.535 with 38 home runs and 102 RBI across 158 games last season for the Tigers. He'll operate as the Tigers' regular right fielder again in 2016.
Feb 8 - 8:00 PM

The Tigers are still discussing one and two-year deals with J.D. Martinez, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi.

There was talk of a long-term extension last month, but those negotiations have clearly been scaled back. Martinez carries two more years of salary arbitration (including this year), so neither of the deals being discussed now would cut into his potential free agency. The two sides were $2 million apart when arbitration figures were exchanged in January. If a compromise can't be reached, the Tigers will be subject to their first arbitration hearing since 2001. Martinez led Detroit with 38 homers and 102 RBI last season.
Feb 3 - 4:45 PM

J.D. Martinez said Thursday that his representatives and the Tigers have talked about a long-term contract extension.

"It's definitely something we're still talking about," Martinez said. "It's something I think both sides are still interested in. We haven't come to something where we both feel comfortable yet. I love this team. I want to be part of this team. I would love to be a Tiger for life. We've just got to see how it goes." It remains to be seen whether the signing of Justin Upton could affect the Tigers' urgency about locking up Martinez long-term. The 28-year-old is in line to become a free agent after the 2017 season. He requested $8 million and was offered $6 million by the Tigers when arbitration figures were exchanged last week.
Source: M-Live.com
Jan 22 - 2:49 PM

J.D. Martinez requested $8 million and was offered $6 million by the Tigers when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

Martinez was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to make $7.8 million, so they fall more in line with the outfielder's agent. It's a pretty big gap but one that's certainly been made up before.
Jan 15 - 5:15 PM

Tigers GM Al Avila said Thursday that he's spoken with J.D. Martinez about a long-term deal.

Martinez still has two years of arbitration eligibility, so there's no rush to get something done this winter. But it sounds like something could happen. Martinez, 28, slashed .282/.344/.535 with 38 home runs and 102 RBI in 158 games this season for Detroit while pulling in $3 million. He'll get a nice bump for 2016 no matter what.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 01:41:00 PM

J.D. Martinez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the Rangers.

Martinez hit a two-run shot off Rangers starter Cole Hamels in the first inning. He's now got 38 homers on the year, and the two RBI pushed him over the century mark for the season. He's become one of the premier power hitters in the game this season, and with a few games to go Martinez is batting .281/.343/.537 with 91 runs scored overall.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 12:14:00 AM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-6 and hit a two-run homer in the 12th as the Tigers beat the Twins 7-4 on Wednesday.

The homer gave the Tigers bullpen much-needed room for error after Ian Kinsler's RBI single provided the team with a lead in the 12th. The Tigers had previously blown leads in the seventh and ninth innings. Martinez's homer was his 37th. He'd have more than 96 RBI if he hadn't spent so much time batting behind the hobbled Victor Martinez.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 01:54:00 AM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI on Sunday, leading the Tigers to a 9-2 victory over the Indians and salvaging the second game of a doubleheader.

Martinez got the Tigers on the board with a two-run single in the third inning, then chipped in an RBI double in the sixth. In what has been a train-wreck of a season for the Tigers, Martinez has been a huge bright spot, slashing .285/.345/.549 with 36 homers and 94 RBI.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 09:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Tyler Collins
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Anthony Gose
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Anibal Sanchez
4Mike Pelfrey
5Shane Greene
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Blaine Hardy
6Drew VerHagen
7Kyle Ryan
8Angel Nesbitt