Detroit Tigers: Breaking down every aspect of the J.D. Martinez trade
Detroit will save some cash in the deal. According to Spotrac, Martinez is making $11.75 million this year, so the Tigers will be able to shave the remainder of that salary off the team’s books.
Additionally, the Tigers should also improve in some areas.
Martinez is an excellent slugger, but he struggled at times defensively this season.
In 438 defensive innings, Martinez logged a -5 DRS, a -14.1 UZR/150, a -4.5 UZR and a -4.4 ARM.
Adduci will see some time at the positon, where he logged a DRS of 2, a 41.1 UZR/150, a 3.1 UZR and a 2.0 ARM in limited playing time earlier this season.
Elsewhere, having more mobile outfielders like Mikie Mahtook and Alex Presley covering ground in the outfield should help Detroit save runs defensively.
The Tigers should also get some improved base running in the absence of Martinez.
Improved production on the base paths
The slugger owned a -1.2 BsR and had grounded in to 10 double plays with Detroit in 2017.
Now, the team will replace him with a pair of outfielders who have been among Brad Ausmus’ best base runners from a statistical standpoint.
Presley (1.2 BsR) and Adduci (0.4 BsR) rank fourth and fifth among Detroit players this season.
The presence of Presley in the lineup on a more consistent basis should certainly help matters. In only 25 games this season, the outfielder has already swiped three bags, good for fifth-best on the team.
If he gets consistent playing time down the stretch, he could very well lead the team in steals.
So yes, J.D. Martinez is gone. He’ll be sorely missed in the Motor City. However, Detroit arguably improved defensively and on the base paths via subtraction. The move also helped replenish some of the farm system and saved money in the process.
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