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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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Trade return

And now we get back to the trade return.

The Tigers netted three infielders in Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara & Jose King. Lugo is the closest to the Majors, as he’s currently in Double-A.

Lugo is hitting .282 with a .325 on-base percentage, a .428 slugging percentage and a .753 OPS in 88 games. He’s collected 43 RBI, 40 runs scored, 21 doubles, 21 walks, seven home runs and four triples.

Moving down the line in terms of minor league affiliates, Alcantara is currently at the Advanced-A level.

He’s sporting a .708 OPS, a .345 on-base percentage, a .363 slugging percentage and a .280 batting average.

The shortstop has contributed across the board offensively, with 44 runs scored, 34 walks, 28 RBI, 15 doubles, 11 stolen bases, three home runs and two triples.

He’s also an excellent defender at shortstop.

Rounding out the deal is King, who is playing his first season State-side this year.

After hitting .350 with a .815 OPS, 51 runs scored, 27 RBI, 21 stolen bases, seven doubles and four triples in the Dominican Summer League in 2016, the 18-year-old is off to a solid start in 2017 against competition that is on average 1.8 years older than him.

King is hitting .261 to go along with a .333 on-base percentage, a .348 slugging percentage and a .681 OPS.

He’s also chipped in with nine RBI, seven runs scored, three walks, two triples and two stolen bases in 51 plate appearances.

Overall

The overall haul for Martinez may seem somewhat underwhelming, but the Detroit Tigers were able to snag a potential long-term successor to Ian Kinsler at second base in Lugo should they decide to move him there.

Lugo has predominantly played third base this season after previously spending time at shortstop.

Detroit has a pair of promising infield prospects in Hector Martinez and Anthony Pereira, but both are still in the low minors and a few years away from making it to the Major League level.

Other than that, the Tigers’ closest option to the Majors was A.J. Simcox, who is sporting a .274 on-base percentage at Double-A Erie.

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