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Detroit Tigers Rumors: J.D. Martinez Trade Discussed With Phillies

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Aug 26, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) hits a RBI double in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 26, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) hits a RBI double in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers rumors season is here. With the Winter Meetings taking place next week, the offseason is in full swing. According to the latest report, the Tigers and Phillies have discussed a J.D. Martinez trade.

Detroit Tigers rumors are already swirling as we enter the early part of December. Per the latest from veteran insider Jon Morosi, Detroit has discussed trading J.D. Martinez to the Philadelphia Phillies.

In a tweet on Friday afternoon, the Fox Sports writer reported, “Sources: #Tigers, #Phillies have spoken about J.D. Martinez trade but talks are not progressing. Philly looking for short-term outfield bat.”

Considering Tigers general manager Al Avila is looking to shed payroll, it isn’t surprising that Detroit is engaging in trade talks.

What’s more, it certainly isn’t a shock to see Martinez’ name come up.

The right fielder is arguably Detroit’s best trade chip after three excellent offensive seasons with the Tigers. Additionally, he would be easier to move than other standouts such as Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Ian Kinsler given the lack of a hefty contract or any trade protection.

2016 Stats

In a season somewhat shortened by injuries, Martinez still managed to turn in some strong numbers in 120 games played.

Over said games, the 29-year-old posted 142 wRC+, a .307 batting average, a .373 on-base percentage and a .228 ISO in 517 plate appearances.

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Of all players with at least 500 plate appearances, Martinez finished in the top 20 in on-base percentage (20th), batting average (17th), slugging percentage (15th), wOBA (14th) and wRC+ (12th).

While Morosi’ tweet states that “talks are not progressing,” the Phillies still remain an excellent trade fit for Martinez and Detroit.

Philadelphia’s Best Trade Chips

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez (4.4 WAR, .371 on-base percentage) stands out as a player who could conceivably appeal to Detroit.

The infielder can also play third base and shortstop, and has the upside to be a long-term replacement for Ian Kinsler.

Elsewhere on the Phillies roster, young and controllable reliever Edubray Ramos is another potential fit with the Tigers. The rookie struck out nine batters per nine innings while also logging a 0.5 WAR and a 3.37 SIERA. His swinging strike percentage was a solid 11 during his debut season.

In terms of prospects, the Phillies employ a number of intriguing minor league players who have the upside to make an impact at the Major League level.

Next: Three Ideal J.D. Martinez Trades for Tigers

Outfielders Nick Williams and Dylan Cozens certainly have the potential to be exciting players, while pitchers Franklyn Kilome, Ben Lively and Alberto Tirado are other high-upside prospects.

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