Diamondbacks land J.D. Martinez from Tigers
The Arizona Diamondbacks have made a big move ahead of MLB’s trade deadline.
The Diamondbacks acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for three middle infield prospects.
The #Tigers have acquired INF's Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara & Jose King from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for OF J.D. Martinez.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 18, 2017
The Diamondbacks have had some issues hitting left-handed pitching, which is a problem in a division that includes the likes of Clayton Kershaw. Martinez, who hits over .400 against lefties, will significantly help with that. There’s a reason their interest has been clear for quite some time.
For the Tigers, the return looks a bit underwhelming at the surface, with none of the players grading out as top-tier prospects. However, Martinez is a mediocre defender and is purely a rental, which may have impacted his market.