But he was in the original lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Royals, before the trade went down, so Arizona should be able to have him in their lineup right away upon arrival.
Martinez, 29, is hitting.305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 232 plate appearances this season.
The Red Sox have been struggling offensively since the break, so there’s the thought Dave Dombrowski could add a power bat to the mix, but the biggest need appears to be in the bullpen along with a third baseman.
The package, he said, was good enough to bypass the final 13 days before the July 31 trade deadline in hopes of finding a better deal.
In return, the Tigers get infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantra and Jose King from the Diamondbacks. The 22-year-old owns a more than solid.282/.325/.428 batting line in AA this season and hit.311/.339/.492 between Hi-A and AA last year. “This is where he became J.D. Martinez”. Travis Wood took his first loss for the Royals, allowing six runs in 4.1 innings. Since the ball hit only his hand during the swing, the at-bat ended in a strikeout.
It’s clear that Lugo is the star of the deal, and he has gone from projecting as a utility player to a regular this season. He entered the year as the club’s No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America. “It doesn’t hit you until they tell you”, Martinez said.
This week we were going to focus on the trade speculation that was surrounding the Tigers organization and then yesterday the first shoe dropped as J.D.
While most pundits seem to have written off the Detroit Tigers for any post-season play, the Tigers’ placement among contenders is little different from the Diamondbacks’ position. Even if you upgrade your current big-league team, baseball has too much parity. Alcantara is a year younger and a level lower – producing a.706 OPS and 11 stolen bases in 21 attempts at high Class A Visalia (Calif.). I will throw out the names of players who has fared better than Martinez in the last 4 seasons in the MAJORS: Trout, Harper, Votto, Freeman, and Goldschmidt.