Four years ago this month, J.D. Martinez was dropped from the Astros’ 40-man roster and subsequently went unclaimed by the 29 other Major League teams. In the final week of the next spring, the Astros released him from their Minor League camp. Tigers coach Dave Clark, who had been with the Astros and knew Martinez well, convinced Detroit to sign Martinez to a Minor League contract, and 17 games, 10 home runs and 22 RBIs with Triple-A Toledo later, Martinez was called back to the big leagues by the Tigers.
Flash forward to this November. Martinez is one of the most coveted free agents on the market. Surprised? Don’t be.
Is Martinez the perfect player? Not really. His defense is questionable.
Martinez is, however, dang good at what he does — hitting.
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