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Detroit Tigers: Ideal Trade Partners for J.D. Martinez

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May 16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) receives congratulations from right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) after he hits a home run in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) receives congratulations from right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) after he hits a home run in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 26, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez remains one of the team’s best trade chips as the offseason makes its way towards January. Here are Detroit’s best trade partners should they move Martinez.

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila hasn’t made too many significant moves this offseason.

Center fielder Cameron Maybin was dealt to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for pitching prospect Victor Alcantara. Elsewhere, reliever Daniel Stumpf was selected in the Rule 5 draft.

However, outside of those two moves and a slew of minor league signings, the Tigers have remained quite this offseason.

Of course, things can always change rather quickly, but Detroit still employs the likes of J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler and Francisco Rodriguez.

Martinez’ inclusion on the list is perhaps the most surprising.

The slugging outfielder is coming off an excellent offensive season (142 wRC+, .228 ISO), but has just one year left on his contract.

According to Spotrac, Martinez will earn $11.75 million next season. Given his outstanding production, that number is a relative bargain.

Because of this, the former Astro is perhaps Avila’s best trade chip.

In a tweet on Saturday, ESPN writer Jerry Crasnick tweeted, “#Tigers continue to field calls on J.D. Martinez, but they want young, controllable talent in return. It’s been a challenge to find a fit.”

Here are the best trade fits for Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez.

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