It appears as if J.D. Martinez leaving the Detroit Tigers is almost inevitable during the current offseason.
As baseball’s winter meetings get closer, Detroit is expected to be one of baseball’s most aggressive organizations related to selling off part of its veteran talent. Amongst the names that have been floating around the rumor mill is J.D. Martinez the veteran power hitter who plays the outfield.
Trading Martinez makes good sense for Detroit as he still represents great value to clubs in need of a slugger and he is only signed with Detroit through the end of next season.
Among teams that could use a right or left fielder who has power is the San Francisco Giants. Martinez for the most part would fit right in with the Giants.
The outfielder is 29. Over the past three seasons as a member of the Tigers, Martinez has hit .299/.358/.541, which makes him one of baseball’s more productive hitters.
He has experienced some injury woes along the way, but over that same three-year period averaged 34 home runs, 100 RBIs and 40 doubles per 162 games. His highest output as a member of the Tigers has been 38 home runs and 102 RBIs during 2015.
The Giants really are not in need of a new left fielder. If next season began today, left field would consist of a combination of the following players – Mac Williamson, Gorkys Hernandez and Jarrett Parker.
However, for one of the top National League teams and one with aspirations to win the World Series, that lineup of left fielders will not matchup.
Adding the bat of Martinez into the lineup would give the Giants Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Martinez and Brandon Crawford at 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the order, which then would help matchup against other heavy hitting teams.
That lineup from the three to sixth spot would produce a number of runs for the Giants and since Martinez would become a free agent at the end of the season, it would not impact payrolls for the future all that much.
One possible problem that could occur to stop a trade for Martinez by the Giants is San Francisco’s farm system is limited and Detroit will have a number of suitors for Martinez that could outbid the Giants with more young talent to offer.
Martinez also does not have a great glove in left and has not played there two seasons.