D-backs Trade Report: Diamondbacks Acquire Outfielder J.D. Martinez From Detroit Tigers

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.

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.

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4 thoughts on “D-backs Trade Report: Diamondbacks Acquire Outfielder J.D. Martinez From Detroit Tigers”

  1. Huge pickup for us finally get another great offensive player. I really think he will have success here in AZ. Smaller ballpark, great lineup, starting rotation, and a pretty good defensive team that in my humble opinion they don’t get enough credit. Hope we can really help us make a push towards the playoffs but get a spot that’s locked.

    1. If the Dodgers keep winning every game, unfortunately that will lock the D-backs out of any possible NL West title contention. Obviously, the Dodgers are bound to lose again (I think..) but it’s hard to imagine them going on a prolonged losing streak, which they’d have to do for the D-backs to have any hope of catching them.

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