The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in exchange for three infield prospects: Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King.
Martinez, 29, is hitting .305 with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs for Detroit, and is slated to become a free agent after the season. He was removed from Monday’s night’s 10-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. The team said it was due to lower back tightness, but it spurred increased trade rumors, and Martinez was dealt a day later.
Martinez, who missed the first six weeks of the season due to a foot injury, is hitting .474 with six homers against left-handers, which is a big need for Arizona. He was an All-Star in 2015 and is earning $11.75 million this season.
“It’s definitely tough,” Martinez said after learning of the trade, per the Detroit News. “I love this team. I love this organization. I love the fans. I love everything in Detroit. That’s home for me. … They were the organization that believed in me when everyone else passed. They were the ones that gave me the opportunity when everyone else didn’t.”
Asked about joining Arizona (53-39), which is in second place in the National League West, Martinez said, “It’s going to be weird, obviously, being in a new clubhouse. But they’ve got a great team over there. They’ve been good for a reason. I’m just hoping to go over there and hop on their train and do what I can to help them keep doing what they’ve been doing.”
Lugo is considered the prize of the prospects coming to Detroit, as he was rated as the second-best prospect in the Diamondbacks’ system, according to Baseball America. The 22-year-old who was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, is hitting .282 with seven home runs and 43 RBIs for Double-A Jackson.
Alcantara, 21, is hitting .279 with three homers and 28 RBIs at high Class-A Visalia, while the 18-year-old King is hitting .261 with no homers and nine RBIs for the Diamondbacks’ rookie league club.