LOOK: Newly signed Tigers outfielder has message for Detroit

Mar 9, 2017; Mesa, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Leonys Martin (12) gets ready to hit before a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers announced the signing of five players, including one to their Major League roster.

That player is outfielder, Leonys Martin.

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Martin, who is 29-years-old, is an outstanding defender but he will have to do a little bit of hitting if he wants to be the Tigers starting centerfielder in 2018. In fact, last season, he only hit .172 in 49 total games (34 with the Seattle Mariners and 15 with the Chicago Cubs).

Following the announcement of the signing, Martin hopped on Twitter to express his excitement and readiness to play in Detroit.

In his career, Martin has played in 621 total games, batting .247 with 38 home runs and 176 RBIs, while accumulating 115 stolen bases.


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We’re just one week away from the annual Winter Meetings down in Orlando. The baseball hot stove figures to be heating up real quick and on Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers were in the news for their signing of five players to contracts for 2018.

The one of most importance is outfielder Leonys Martín to a major league deal. The 29-year-old Cuban outfielder spent his first five major league seasons with the Texas Rangers (2011-15) before being traded to division rival Seattle. He struggled in a year-plus with the Mariners before again being dealt to the Cubs this past season.

Martín in 49 games last season between Seattle and Chicago failed to get off the interstate, hitting just .172 with a .513 OPS. After two quality seasons in Texas as a solid two-way player, he has really struggled, particularly on offense.

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