Tuesday, July 18, 2017
MLB trade review: Martinez traded from Tigers to D-backs
The next pre-trade deadline blockbuster in the MLB has become official. Today, the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks announced a four player trade, making the D-backs lineup scarier, and the adding more potential to the Tigers farm system. The Diamondbacks acquired RF J.D. Martinez, sending three shortstop prospects in Dawel Lugo, Jose King and Sergio Alcantara to Detroit.
The Diamondbacks won't catch the Los Angeles Dodgers for the lead in the NL West, but they are currently in the first Wild Card spot in the National League. Acquiring a big bat in Martinez helps them score more runs and win more games. Martinez will be a UFA after the season, so this is clearly a rental. They give up some prospects, but if it helps them win, it's definitely worth it.
Martinez, 29, has a batting average of .305, 16 home runs, 39 RBIs and two steals in 232 Plate Appearances this year. In his career, he has a .283 batting average with 123 HRs, 411 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 2861 Plate Appearances. In his MLB career, he's only played for the Tigers and Houston Astros. He won a Silver Slugger and played in the All-Star Game in 2015, where he set career highs in homers (38) and RBIs (102). He was pulled from his final game as a Tigers with back tightness, but it doesn't seem to be a problem.
The Tigers are now officially a rebuilding team. Martinez is an upcoming free agent, and they might not have re-signed him, so getting him for prospects was a good idea. Lugo, 22, was the 4th rated prospect in the D-backs system by MLB pipeline. Alcantara, 21, was ranked 15th. King, 18, wasn't in their top 30 prospect list.
I think the D-backs win this trade. They get a potent bat to add to Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb, and the didn't give up a top three prospect. In my opinion, this was a good value to give up, but they got a plyer with good value. That's why they win this trade.