ESPN - The Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $18.5 million pending a physical, a source confirmed to ESPN.com
The new contract, which will pay Martinez $6.75 million in 2016 and $11.75 million in 2017, allows Martinez and the Tigers to avoid salary arbitration, which was slated to take place later this month.
Solid under the radar move for the Tigers here. JD Martinez isn't a household name or anything but he hit 38 homers last year, good for 11th in all of baseball. He added 102 RBI, a .282 average and a .344 OBP. In today's pitching dominated game power is tough to find. Just last off-season the Red Sox tried to corner the market by giving huge contracts to Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. Meanwhile the Tigers are only going to be paying Martinez an average of just over $9 million each of the next two seasons. Not bad.
This is a big year for Detroit coming up. With all the success they've had the past decade I almost forgot they hadn't won a title yet. In the past two seasons they've lost aces Max Scherzer and David Price but have done a nice job this off-season. They've added Justin Upton, Jordan Zimmerman, Cameron Maybin, and Francisco Rodriguez to their core of Miguel Cabrera, Victor and JD Martinez, Ian Kinsler, and Justin Verlander. Miggy is about to turn 33 so time is running out but if the pitching holds up this year I see no reason this team can't at least claim a wild card.