D-backs acquire J.D. Martinez from Tigers for 3 prospects

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired OF J.D. Martinez (@JDMartinez14) from the Detroit Tigers for INF Dawel Lugo, INF Sergio Alcantara and INF Jose King.

July 18th, 2017

ATLANTA - The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired OF J.D. Martinez (@JDMartinez14) from the Detroit Tigers for INF Dawel Lugo, INF Sergio Alcantara and INF Jose King.
Martinez, 29, a 2015 American League All-Star and Louisville Slugger® Silver Slugger™ Award winner, is third in the AL since 2014 with a .551 slugging percentage, trailing only Mike Trout (.581) and David Ortiz (.564) and fourth with a .912 OPS, behind Trout (.992), Ortiz (.937) and Miguel Cabrera (.917). Additionally, his .300 average during that span is sixth and his 99 home runs are 13th.
In 57 games with the Tigers in 2017, Martinez hit .305 (61-for-200) with 13 doubles, 16 home runs, 39 RBI, a .630 slugging pct. and a 1.018 OPS. Since being activated from the disabled list on May 12 (sprained ligament in right foot), he ranks among AL leaders in slugging percentage (2nd), extra-base hits (4th, 31), OPS (5th), total bases (T-5th, 126), home runs (T-6th), on-base percentage (8th, .388) and RBI (T-11th).
Martinez, who was the first player in Tigers history to hit 10 home runs in their initial 22 games of the season, was recently named AL Player of the Week for July 14-16, his second weekly honor of the season (fourth career), after batting .455 (5-for-11) with 1 double, 2 home runs, 7 RBI and a 1.591 OPS.
Martinez is also batting .474 (18-for-38) with 4 doubles, 6 home runs, 11 RBI, a 1.105 slugging percentage and a 1.661 OPS off left-handers this season, and .293 (188-for-642) over his career.
Last season, the Miami native posted his third straight, 20-home run campaign, hitting .307 (141-for-460) with a career-high 35 doubles, 22 home runs, 68 RBI and a .908 OPS. He finished among AL leaders in on-base (7th, .373) and slugging percentage (7th, .535), OPS (7th) and average (8th).
In 2015, Martinez established career highs in home runs (38), runs scored (93), RBI (102), hits (168) and games played (158). In addition to his All-Star nod and Silver Slugger Award, he was named Tiger of the Year by the Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, and was a finalist for the Rawlings® Gold Glove Award as an outfielder.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has hit .283 (735-for-2,596) with 155 doubles, 123 home runs, 411 RBI and a .835 OPS over 7 Major League seasons with the Houston Astros (2011-13) and Tigers (2014-17). He appeared in 3 games with Detroit in the 2014 ALDS vs. Baltimore, hitting 2 home runs with 5 RBI.
Martinez was drafted by Houston in the 20th round in 2009, and signed by Detroit as a Minor League free agent on March 24, 2014.
Lugo, 22, played in 88 games for Double-A Jackson this season, hitting .282 (96-for-341) with 21 doubles, 4 triples, 7 homers and 43 RBI. He spent parts of the last 3 seasons in the D-backs' organization (2015-17) after being acquired on August 8, 2015, from the Toronto Blue Jays for INF Cliff Pennington.
Alcantara, 21, appeared in 86 games at Single-A Advanced Visalia in 2017, hitting .279 (95-for-340) with 15 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers and 28 RBI. He spent 5 years in the D-backs' system (2013-present) after being signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 10, 2012.
King, 18, played in 13 games for the Rookie AZL D-backs this season, hitting .261 (12-for-46) with 2 triples and 9 RBI. He played 2 seasons in the D-backs' system (2016-17) after signing as a non-drafted free agent on Oct. 21, 2015.