Through the month of October we’ll look at several different targets this offseason that the San Francisco Giants could possibly pursue, starting with J.D. Martinez.
It’s no secret the Giants are seeking power, and Martinez will be the best available home run hitter in the free agent market this offseason.
Coming off a 45 home run season, Martinez will be looking at a big pay day.
The 30-year-old outfielder finished the year with National League West rival Arizona. After being trade to the Diamondbacks from the Detroit Tigers in the middle of the season, he blasted 29 home runs for Arizona to help them win the top wild card spot and the wild card game.
Overall in 2017 he hit . 303 with 45 home runs, 85 runs scored and 104 RBI. He played 57 games with Detroit and 62 with Arizona.
Before the 2017 season, the most home runs Martinez had hit in a year was 38 in 2015. He’s hit at least 22 home runs a year the past four years now.
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His career didn’t start out great as he hit just .251 with 24 home runs in 899 at-bats with the Astros. But his career took off in Detroit and now he’s set to earn a huge pay day.
He’s mainly played right field the past three seasons, but has experience in left field as well. I think that’s where he would play with the Giants so they can keep Hunter Pence in right field.
Left field has been a huge problem area for the San Francisco Giants. Martinez would more than fill that void and add some much needed pop to the lineup.
The one obvious problem with Martinez will be the money. He might be the most sought after bat this offseason, and could demand around $25 million a year for five years.
I don’t think the Giants are willing to go that far for Martinez, nor do I think they should. But it’s certainly worth checking in on Martinez as I think he would be a perfect fit for this lineup.