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

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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.
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 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

J.D. Martinez hit his 36th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Martinez actually had two RBI in the game, drawing a bases-loaded walk in the sixth before belting a solo shot in the eighth. His 36 home runs are fourth in the American League, and his 91 RBI are sixth-most. He's batting .282/.344/.551 with 80 runs scored on the year.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 01:18:00 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus isn't sure if J.D. Martinez (triceps) will play on Sunday.

He took a pitch off his triceps in Saturday's win over Cleveland. Ausmus said he wanted to see if Martinez's triceps tightened up over night before filling out his lineup. He never left the game so we're guessing it isn't anything too serious. Rajai Davis would likely be asked to fill in at right field if Martinez is too sore to play on Sunday.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 11:35:00 PM

J.D. Martinez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two strikeouts in Saturday's win over the Indians.

Martinez connected for a two-run homer off Indians starter Danny Salazar in the third inning. After a breakout 2014, Martinez had a lot of pressure to prove that he could do it again. He has come through with flying colors via a .287/.349/.556 triple-slash, 35 homers and 89 RBI. His numbers stand comfortably beside those of the best hitters in the American League.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 10:51:00 PM

J.D. Martinez is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Blue Jays.

It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the 28-year-old slugger. He's enjoying another monster season offensively, slashing .289/.350/.562 with 34 homers and 87 RBI.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 10:13:00 AM

J.D. Martinez went 1-for-3 with a triple in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

Martinez's triple was the only extra-base hit the Tigers scraped together in the 2-0 loss. It was his second of the season and eighth three-bagger of his career. When he's not flashing his wheels, he's hitting .292/.353/.567 with 34 homers and 87 RBI. Martinez is in the midst of his most productive season at the major league level.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 04:07:00 PM

J.D. Martinez blasted his 34th home run of the season, finishing 2-for-4 in Wednesday's victory over the Angels.

Martinez led off the fourth inning with a double but was stranded. In the fifth, he made it a four-run frame when he drove a Hector Santiago pitch to left field for a two-run round-tripper. Along with 34 homers, Martinez has plated 87 runs while batting .291/.353/.564 in what has been a tremendous follow-up to his breakout in 2014.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 10:17:00 PM

J.D. Martinez doubled and hit a three-run home run across five at-bats in Monday's loss to the Reds.

Martinez started the scoring, plating three with a home run off of Keyvius Sampson in the top of the first inning. It was a lead the Tigers would hold until deflating in a 10-run bottom of the sixth. Martinez has gone yard 33 times this season, knocking in 84 runs while batting .288/.350/.554. It has truly been a remarkable year for the Astros castoff.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 10:49:00 PM