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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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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

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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

J.D. Martinez (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Toledo.

Martinez will be eased in as the DH as he makes his way back from a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. He admitted Monday that he'll have to deal with pain for the rest of the season, but he wants to make it back with the Tigers still in the mix. "My bat worries me more than my throwing," said Martinez. "Timing-wise and arm-wise. I feel it puts more stress on my elbow hitting than it does throwing."
Jul 26 - 8:38 AM

J.D. Martinez (elbow) took batting practice on Thursday.

It's the first time he's done so since suffering a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. That's the good news. The bad news is Martinez still isn't feeling 100 percent when he throws. It's possible the Tigers could bring him back to serve as a designated hitter initially. "It still bothers him to throw, not so much to hit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "We’re trying to figure it out. If he can hit and we think he’s close to being able to throw, when is the time to send him down and maybe have him DH for ‘X’ number of games and then put him in the outfield so he gets some at-bats?"
Jul 22 - 10:38 AM

J.D. Martinez (elbow) could take batting practice on the field Thursday.

Assuming the weather cooperates, it would be his first time taking BP since suffering a fracture in his right elbow last month. Tigers manager Brad Asmus said Monday that Martinez is still a couple of weeks away, but he's making progress.
Jul 21 - 4:09 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that J.D. Martinez (elbow) is still "a couple of weeks away."

Martinez was reportedly playing catch Monday at Comerica Park, but Ausmus said that he still "has a little bit of pain" when he throws. He's making progress, but the Tigers are going to bring him along slowly. Martinez was given a timetable of 4-6 weeks when he suffered a fracture in his right elbow on June 16. It looks like he has a chance to make it back by the long end of that window.
Jul 18 - 5:26 PM

J.D. Martinez (elbow) hit off a tee with a fungo bat on Thursday.

It's the first time he's taken swings since he fractured his right elbow three weeks ago. Martinez was given a 4-6 week timetable to return when he went down, but the latter portion of that timetable seems more realistic. Stephen Moya has been filling in in right field.
Jul 8 - 4:26 PM

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SS1Jose Iglesias
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3B1Nick Castellanos
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LF1Justin Upton
2Tyler Collins
CF1Cameron Maybin
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RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
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