Martinez, Tigers finalise new deal

Detroit Tigers have finalised a new two-year-contract with right fielder J.D. Martinez, a deal which avoided salary arbitration.

The 28-year-old outfielder will earn $6.75 million this year and $11.75 million in 2017, after which he will become a free agent.

During proposed salary arbitration earlier this year, Martinez asked for a raise from $3 million to $8 million for this season, while the club offered $6 million.

Last season, he batted 282 with 38 home runs and 102 RBIs, having hit 23 homers after joining the Tigers from Houston during spring training in 2014.

Martinez forms part of what seems to be a solid batting order for the Tigers, who signed free agent outfielder Justin Upton in January. Miguel Cabrera, meanwhile, is still regarded as one of the top hitters around, whilst Detroit are confident that Victor Martinez will bounce back from a poor 2015 season.

However, the team’s long-term future seems uncertain, with J.D. Martinez, Upton and Anibal Sanchez all set to become free agents in 2017, while Cabrera and Justin Verlander are approaching the twilight of their careers.