When the free agent market opened in November last year, people thought it would soon be sold. Although he is a bit old, he has displayed remarkable performance that many teams could join him. This is the story of J. D. Martinez (37).마카오카지노주소
Martinez, who played the designated hitter role with the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, played a total of 113 games with a batting average of 0.271, 33 homers and 103 RBIs. His OPS combined with on-base percentage and slugging percentage was also outstanding at 0.893. Age has never been a hindrance. However, although the 2024 spring camp is just two weeks away, there is still no word on his contract.
In terms of performance, of course, he is subject to renewal of contract with his former team, but there is Shohei Otani (30), a newly recruited Japanese batter and pitcher. As a result, there is no more room for Martinez in the Dodgers.
Meanwhile, Justin Turner (40), who was classified as the best designated hitter with Martinez in the FA market, found a new team last week by signing a one-year contract with Toronto for 13 million dollars (about 17.352 billion won).
Turner played a total of 146 games for the Boston Red Sox last year, posting a batting average of 0.276 with 23 homers and 96 RBIs. His OPS record was 0.800. Although his performance was worse than that of his FA rival Martinez, he found the team first.
Sports Kida, an American online media outlet, cited the Los Angeles Angels and New York Mets as Martinez’s destinations on the 5th (Korea Standard Time).
“There are still not many players in the FA market who signed contracts. With the upcoming spring camp, we expect their efforts to find a team will accelerate,” the media said. “There are rumors that Martinez, who has no chance of reuniting with the Dodgers due to the recruitment of Shohei Ohtani, will be connected to the Los Angeles Angels throughout the offseason. The New York Mets will also be a good team for him.”
The media, which diagnosed Martinez as the reason why he still remains in the market, said, “If the price goes down, the New York Mets can actively recruit Martinez,” adding, “If he becomes a member of the Mets, he will not only be a leader in offense, but also has the advantage of delivering various experiences as a veteran to young players on the bench.”
Martinez’s team is reportedly asking for more money than Turner, its older rival, as he signed a one-year contract worth 13 million U.S. dollars. Martinez was paid 10 million dollars by the Dodgers last year.
Martinez, a native of Florida in the U.S., entered the professional league after being selected in the 36th round of the 2006 MLB Rookie Draft. As the ranking suggests, Martinez did not receive much attention when he was an amateur.
However, he made his Major League debut in 2011 as a Houston player, and moved to Detroit in 2014, and grew into a starting player in the big league. Since then, he has achieved double-digit home runs every season for eight consecutive years, establishing himself as a representative big shot in the league. In 2017, he recorded a career-high 45 home runs.
In addition to being selected as an All-Star six times, he also won the Silver Slugger Award three times, which is given to the best batter. In 2018, he won the World Series title as a member of the Boston Red Sox. In the same year, he was also the top RBI player.
Martinez, who played a total of 13 seasons in the Major League until last year, has a batting average of 0.287 with 315 homers and 1,002 RBIs overall. He also boasts an excellent overall OPS of 0.874. Attention is focusing on how his performance, which eclipsed his age, will turn out in the FA market.