On Tuesday, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila made it pretty clear that one of his offseason goals is to cut payroll, though he did not give specifics. Now, it sounds like one player that could be gone is Tigers outfielder, J.D. Martinez, as Avila does not anticipate the team offering the Tigers slugger a multi-year contract.
“I don’t foresee any talks of a long-term contract at this point,” Avila said. “In saying that, we’re going to keep an open mind in what possibilities come across this winter, this coming summer. I’m not going to rule out that we wouldn’t consider a long-term deal, but sitting here today, we’re not thinking that way right now. Can’t say we wouldn’t be thinking about that down the road.”
Martinez, who is going into his final year on his contract with the Tigers, will make $11.75 million in 2017 and would demand much more if the Tigers were to give him a multi-year deal. The Tigers outfielder hit .307 with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs in 120 games in 2016.
Apparently, Avila has not read the piece we published on Tuesday titled, “Memo to Al Avila: Please follow the attached blueprint this offseason”. If he would have, he would realize that extending J.D. Martinez should be a priority for the team moving forward.
What do you think, Nation? Would trading J.D. Martinez be the right move for the Tigers organization, or would doing so be a huge mistake?