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Dodgers could trade for JD Martinez?

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JD Martinez may be on his last legs in Detroit, and one powerhouse is lurking as a possible landing spot.

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press writes on Saturday that the Los Angeles Dodgers “seem like an obvious fit” for the Tigers outfielder, noting that the two teams had discussions about Martinez in the offseason.

The 29-year-old Martinez, who will be a free agent after the season, got a late start to the 2017 campaign due to a foot injury but is now batting .296/.379/.615 with 14 home runs and 32 RBIs through 51 games. He also recently made some seemingly telling comments about his future in Detroit.

As for the Dodgers, they lost Andrew Toles to a season-ending knee injury in May, and Joc Pederson just can’t hit lefties. In fairness though, Chris Taylor has been a revelation this year, while Yasiel Puig has bounced back as well. Nonetheless, the Dodgers may still want more outfield depth and versatility.

Martinez also drew interest from elsewhere in the NL West last offseason, but the farm talent is certainly there to offer in Los Angeles (Fenech adds that the Tigers have previously been linked to Dodgers outfield prospect Alex Verdugo). As such, we’ll see if Martinez is the right win-now rental piece for the Dodgers to pull the trigger on.

JD Martinez ‘highly doubtful’ about contract talks with Tigers

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JD Martinez has been a man on a mission since returning to the Detroit Tigers last week. And while the excellent play is welcomed, it could end up just boosting Martinez’s trade value.

Martinez will be a free agent after the season and said on Wednesday that he doubts there will be contract talks with the Tigers during the season.

Martinez’s comments came on Wednesday, a day after the outfielder slugged two home runs and drove in five during an extra-innings loss to the Orioles. It also marked the second two-homer game for Martinez this season even though he’s only played in four contests.

With Martinez indicating he plans to test free agency, and the Tigers entering play Wednesday a game under .500, you can understand why he made this list last week.

Martinez has clubbed 83 home runs over the past three seasons and is looking to add to the total this year.

Top 10 MLB trade deadline candidates

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The MLB trade deadline is nearly two and a half months away, but it isn’t too early to start assessing the market.

Teams are off to good and bad starts, and those struggling may soon have to confront the reality that they’re just not going to contend this season. Those that aren’t going to compete will likely be met with tempting offers to move impending free agents and other veterans who probably won’t factor into the team’s next title bid.

Here are 10 players who could find themselves on the move in July or earlier.

1. Yonder Alonso, 1B, Athletics

Another of the Oakland Athletics’ traditional discount signings, Alonso came in with a reputation as a light-hitting first baseman. He’s promptly homered 11 times in the first 32 games of 2017, which is already a career-high. The team will be hoping he keeps it up — not just because it helps them, but because it could boost his trade value.

Alonso is on an inexpensive one-year deal with Oakland, and the A’s almost certainly won’t be in contention come July. He’s batting .303 on the season with an OPS over 1.000 — certainly the kind of numbers that would interest any team.

If the first baseman can continue to demonstrate that he’s experiencing a surprise hitting renaissance, he could be a good fit for teams looking for an extra bat — or a solid glove at first base.

2. Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers

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Report: Giants, Tigers have talked JD Martinez trade

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If the San Francisco Giants are looking for outfield help, they may have come to the right place.

According to a report by Jon Morosi of MLB Network on Tuesday, the Giants and the Detroit Tigers have talked recently about a J.D. Martinez trade.

The 29-year-old Martinez batted .307/.373/.535 with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs in 120 games last season. He is due to make $11.75 million in the final year of his contract in 2017.

The Giants have Hunter Pence manning the fort in right field, where Martinez has been primarily deployed during his time in Detroit. But Martinez does have 277 career starts in left field, where the Giants are facing some uncertainty with the free agency of veteran Angel Pagan.

Martinez, the former All-Star, is an impact righty bat but struggles to provide adequate defense in the outfield. With other areas of need also beckoning, it remains to be seen if the Giants are willing to part with some assets in order to land a player like Martinez, who very well could be but a mere rental piece.

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