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J.D. Martinez | Outfielder | #28

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that J.D. Martinez will meet with the Red Sox "and others" at the Winter Meetings this week in Orlando.
Martinez is scheduled to arrive at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday night and he'll presumably stick around through the end of the day on Wednesday. The 30-year-old slugger is likely to command one of the richest position-player contracts on the free agent market this winter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games between the Tigers and Diamondbacks in 2017. He'd make a ton of sense for Boston. Dec 12 - 6:10 PM

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that J.D. Martinez is scheduled to arrive at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday night to meet with at least one team.

Martinez is arguably the best hitter available on the free agent market. Of course, his defense isn't considered a strength, but most believe he'll still land a contract well north of $100 million. The Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Giants, and Cardinals are among the teams to watch here.
Dec 12 - 2:57 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox are telling teams they'd prefer to trade for an impact bat now rather than wait out the markets for J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer.

It could all be posturing, of course, but Martinez and Hosmer are both represented by Scott Boras, who is known to wait as long as possible for his clients to sign in hopes of getting the best possible deal. The Red Sox are seeking a middle-of-the-order bat this winter and the Yankees' acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton no doubt made that need even more urgent.
Dec 11 - 5:15 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Giants have discussed the possibility of signing free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.

With the Giants now seemingly out of the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes after the Marlins' slugger said he would not waive his no-trade clause to go to San Francisco, it would be a logical next step for them to pursue Martinez. On a per-game basis, Martinez' 2017 stats rivaled or even exceeded those of Stanton. Martinez hit .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in only 119 games with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. Stanton hit .281/.376/.631 with 59 homers and 132 RBI in 159 games. Martinez out-performed Stanton in 2016. Martinez will likely come cheaper than Stanton as well. Stanton has $295 million left on his contract and would carry a steep price in prospect talent to boot. Martinez is reportedly asking for $200 million but as a free agent would not carry the additional cost in prospect talent. Shea hears the Giants may be interested in free agent Jay Bruce as another fallback option.
Dec 8 - 11:13 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays "could emerge as a dark horse candidate" for J.D. Martinez.

They are expected to let Jose Bautista walk as a free agent, which would create an opening in right field. The Blue Jays have also been connected to Jay Bruce. Martinez will certainly cost a pretty penny this winter, as his agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract for his client.
Nov 20 - 4:50 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants "have had discussions" on J.D. Martinez.

The Giants are very likely to get at least one big bat this winter, and they've been heavily connected to Giancarlo Stanton via the trade route and now Martinez via the free agent route. Martinez's agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract for his client. The Red Sox have also been linked with Martinez and the Diamondbacks are expected to make an effort to re-sign him.
Nov 17 - 2:12 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the asking price for J.D. Martinez at this week's GM Meetings has been seven years and $210 million.

This comes after Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported last week that Martinez's new agent, Scott Boras, was looking for a deal in the range of $200 million. Boras has even dubbed his client as the "King Kong of Slug." It's an appropriate nickname after Martinez mashed 45 homers in just 119 games this past season, but his defensive limitations will likely impact his ability to reach the lofty asking price. Still, he's expected to receive one of the biggest free agent contracts this offseason. The Diamondbacks and Red Sox are among the teams to watch in this situation.
Nov 14 - 8:29 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that teams that have reached out to J.D. Martinez get the impression agent Scott Boras is looking for a deal in the $200 million range.

Martinez just hired Boras last week, and he's already making waves. The lofty asking price is really no surprise, considering Martinez slugged .690 and hit 45 homers in 119 games this past season between Detroit and Arizona. Whether or not Martinez gets anywhere near $200 million will depend on how much a team is willing to overlook his flawed defense. Because of his prodigious right-handed power, the 30-year-old corner outfielder is guaranteed to be one of the highest paid players this winter.
Nov 8 - 5:34 PM

J.D. Martinez has hired Scott Boras as his new agent.

Martinez, one of the biggest names on the upcoming free agent market, was previously represented by RMG Baseball. The 30-year-old corner outfielder batted .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games this season between the Tigers and Diamondbacks. He'll draw interest this winter from a range of teams and could land a contract worth north of $100 million.
Nov 1 - 1:30 PM

Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen confirmed Tuesday that the club will attempt to re-sign J.D. Martinez.

Obviously. Martinez batted .302/.366/.741 with 29 home runs and 65 RBI in 62 regular-season games after the Diamondbacks acquired him from the Tigers on July 18 and he went 4-for-11 (.364) with a home run in the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. The 30-year-old slugger is going to be seeking big-time money on the open market. "We'll certainly stay engaged," said Hazen. "It is too early to set out what exactly our priorities will be."
Oct 10 - 4:21 PM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 and drilled a solo home run as his team fell to the Dodgers on Friday.

He went yard against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the sixth inning as the Diamondbacks tried to claw their way out of a big hole. Martinez added a pair of singles in the contest. He has been on an epic power surge ever since being traded from the Tigers at the deadline. He had 45 home runs in just 119 games this year.
Oct 7 - 2:38 AM

J.D. Martinez slugged his 45th home run of the season Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' defeat of the Giants.

The solo shot off Giants closer Sam Dyson kicked off a three-run ninth-inning rally for the home team. Martinez now has 29 home runs and 65 RBI in 59 games since the Diamondbacks acquired him from the Tigers on July 18.
Sep 27 - 7:18 PM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a grand slam, a double, and six RBI in Tuesday's 11-4 victory against the Giants.

Martinez is showing why he was one of the most coveted hitters at the non-waiver trade deadline. He has given the Diamondbacks loads of offense and then some, posting 12 doubles, 28 homers, and 64 RBI in 58 games since coming over from the Tigers.
Sep 27 - 2:43 AM

J.D. Martinez delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning on Sunday, leading the Diamondbacks to a 3-2 victory over the Marlins.

The Diamondbacks clinched a postseason berth earlier in the afternoon, then got to have some fun of their own on the field and in front of the home crowd. Martinez finished the day 2-for-5 and is now hitting .300/.376/.684 with 43 homers and 97 RBI in 114 games this season.
Sep 24 - 7:51 PM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored Friday against the Marlins.

Martinez has 26 homers in 55 games for the Diamondbacks after hitting a paltry 16 in 57 games for the Tigers. It looks like he's going to be cutting it very close to whether he gets to qualify for the slugging and OPS crowns without a penalty; he's at 462 plate appearances with eight games to do. He'd need exactly 40 in the remaining eight games, so that'd go out the window if the Diamondbacks decided to rest him at all.
Sep 23 - 2:08 AM

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1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2Christian Walker
2B1Chris Owings
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SS1Ketel Marte
2Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Yasmany Tomas
2Jeremy Hazelbaker
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Reymond Fuentes
RF1David Peralta
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PosRoleName
S1Zack Greinke
2Taijuan Walker
3Robbie Ray
4Patrick Corbin
5Zack Godley
6Shelby Miller
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PosRoleName
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2Brad Boxberger
3Andrew Chafin
4Jake Barrett
5Randall Delgado
6Jimmie Sherfy
7Silvino Bracho
8T.J. McFarland
9Braden Shipley
10Anthony Banda
11Jared Miller