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Detroit Tigers: Breaking down every aspect of the J.D. Martinez trade

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DETROIT, MI - JULY 4: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Detroit Tigers hits a homerun in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during a MLB game at Comerica Park on July 4, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 4: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Detroit Tigers hits a homerun in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during a MLB game at Comerica Park on July 4, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 3: Alex Presley #14 of the Detroit Tigers singles and is congratulated by first base coach Omar Vizquel #13 during the fourth inning of the game against the Chicago White Sox on June 3, 2017 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Replacements

In the short term, Alex Presley and Jim Adduci are likely to see the majority of the time in right field.

Detroit could always acquire a Major-League ready outfielder in a trade involving Justin Wilson or Alex Avila, but right now, Presley and Adduci are the team’s best bets.

Presley has seen plenty of playing time as of late, adding some speed to Detroit’s lineup. He’s hitting .299 with a .365 on-base percentage, a .418 slugging percentage and a .341 wOBA in 75 plate appearances.

The ex-Pirate also sports a 113 wRC+, a 1.2 BsR and a 0.1 WAR.

Meanwhile, Adduci returns from the minors where he was since returning from the disabled list earlier in the season.

The veteran turned in a 0.7 WAR, a 10.2 walk percentage, eight runs scored, seven RBI, four doubles, two triples, a stolen base and a 138 wRC+ in 49 plate appearances.

The combination of the two should provide the Detroit Tigers with some solid production until Christin Stewart is ready for a starting role.

Stewart may not reach the Majors in 2017, but 2018 looks a whole lot more likely.

Either way, moving Martinez clears the way for the slugging prospect to take over in right field long-term. Maybe even as early as next Spring Training.

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