According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers for prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King.
Dbacks are sending prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King to the Tigers in exchange for J.D. Martinez.
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) July 18, 2017
According to MLB Pipeline, Lugo is the D-backs 4th ranked prospect and Alcantara is rated 15th. On the season, Lugo is slashing .279/.344/.362 for the Advanced A Visalia Rawhide. Alcantara, playing Double-A ball for the Jackson Generals, is slashing .282/.325/.428.
It’s no secret that the Diamondbacks need some stability when it comes to their outfield this season. With Yasmany Tomas on the disabled list with a lingering groin injury since June 3, it’s been a while since the D-backs have had a left fielder they could rely on. According to Fangraphs, the Diamondbacks rank 26th in MLB with a .236 batting average and 23rd with a .5 fWAR at the left field position.
Martinez has been having another great year, slashing .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs. He’s in the final year of his 2-year, $18.5 million contract. The D-backs will pay Martinez around $4.8 million for the remainder of 2017, after which he will be a free agent.
With the addition of Martinez to the roster the Diamondbacks have accomplished a couple big things. First, they’ve shored up the outfield situation with one of the top free-agent outfield bats available. Second, they’ve sent a strong message to the clubhouse that they believe in this team.