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Tigers sign J.D. Martinez

Mar 24, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

J.D. Martinez AP

J.D. Martinez, who was released by the Astros over the weekend, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Tigers.

Martinez was a semi-regular for Houston during the past three seasons, logging 975 plate appearances, but he hit just .251 with 24 homers and a .687 OPS as a corner outfielder. He’s still just 26 years old and has a decent minor-league track record, so Martinez is a worthwhile pickup for a Tigers team looking for some organizational depth after losing Andy Dirks to back surgery.

He’d likely fit best as a part-timer, platooning with a left-handed hitter. For now he’ll head to Triple-A and try to resurrect his career.

  1. hotdogfinger - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Move him to SS

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    It’s like a train wreck around here. I’m calling it the Curse of Prince Fielder now.

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      “…to grant me the serenity to accept that which i cannot control…”

      • historiophiliac - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        Thanks, happy.

      • natstowngreg - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Just keep thinking of 1968, and Ray Oyler playing 5-6 innings at SS and hitting .135, then Mickey Stanley moving to SS for the World Series.

      • happytwinsfan - Mar 24, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        then close your eyes and visualize jim northrup’s gapper falling over curt flood’s head. better yet, it’s on you tube.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      Nah, it’s worse than that. People survive train wrecks.

    • warpd - Mar 24, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      I agree with almost nothing you post, except this. I feel exactly the same way, some of these moves are non sequitur. It’s going to be a long year.

  3. doctorofsmuganomics - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    To be fair, he’s pretty good in MLB the show. And who knows, a change away from the stros could do him good

    ..if you’re waiting for the snarky comment, I couldn’t find the youtube clip I wanted. Ah well, C’est la vie

  4. tigerman3 - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    as much as I hate the Gonzalez trade this move looks good. JD most likely will get a call up this season and while he is in Toledo he has Leon Durham as his hitting coach who is one of the best I don’t understand why the tigers have never promoted him.. He might be able to revive his career.

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