Los Angeles Dodgers recruited veteran slugger JD Martinez (35) following All-Star starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (30). Dodgers’ wallet, which had been tightly closed, quietly opened.
‘MLB.com’ reported on the 18th (Korean time), “The Dodgers have signed a one-year, $10 million contract with Martinez.” The Dodgers succeeded in strengthening the center lineup by working with Martinez.
Martinez, who debuted with the Houston Astros in 2011, worked as a league-leading hitter for 12 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. His career performance was 1409 games with a batting average of 0.288, 282 home runs and 899 RBIs for an OPS of 0.872.
Martinez exploded his potential with 38 homers and 102 RBIs while with Detroit in 2015, and set a career-high home run record with 45 homers two years later.
Martinez, who moved to Boston in 2018, achieved a monstrous record of batting average of 0.330, 43 home runs and 130 RBIs, and also won the Silver Slugger in both the outfield and designated hitters. This year, Martinez appeared in 139 games and posted a batting average of 0.274, 16 homers, 62 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.790, showing a lower pace than in previous years.
Nevertheless, the Dodgers got Martinez on a one-year contract. They must be expecting hot offensive power from Martinez, who is carrying out the designated hitter mission. Martinez is expected to build a cleanup trio with Max Muncy and Will Smith.
The ‘big hand’ Dodgers did not make any special moves in the free agency market this time. Just four days ago, the contract renewal with Clayton Kershaw and the one-year, $1.5 million contract with right-hander Shelby Miller were all.
Aaron Judge (Yankees), Jacob deGrom 토토 (Texas), Justin Verlander (Mets), Carlos Rodon (Yankees), Dansby Swanson (Cubs), and Senga Godai (Mets) were linked with big free agents, but no contracts were made.
The Dodgers, who had been quiet, announced the news of the reinforcement of the starting lineup on the 15th. He signed a one-year, $13 million contract with starting fastball syndergaard. Syndergaard has posted double-digit wins four times in the big leagues. He pitched in 25 games this year, going 10-10 with a 3.94 earned run average.
With Syndergaard and Martinez, the Dodgers strengthened both sides of their pitching. In the free agency market that is approaching the end, including internal free agent Justin Turner, Nathan Eovaldi, and Jean Segura. Michael Conforto, Michael Brantley, Joey Gallo, Matt Carpenter, Elvis Andrews, and Jose Iglesias remain. The attention is focused on what the Dodgers will do in the future.