MLB Rumors: Are The Tigers Interested In A Reunion With J.D. Martinez?

Contrary to popular belief, the Detroit Tigers are not showing interest in free agent J.D. Martinez, according to Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press.

This development is surprising given Martinez's strong track record and recent performance.

Martinez, a six-time All-Star who finished fourth in AL MVP voting in 2018, has demonstrated remarkable consistency.

Since his breakout season with the Tigers in 2014, Martinez has maintained an impressive batting average of .293, a .359 on-base percentage, and a .550 slugging percentage.

In 2023, he slugged 33 home runs in just 479 plate appearances, boasting a .271/.321/.572 slash line, showcasing his continued prowess at the plate​.

Despite these impressive stats, concerns about Martinez's age and durability might be influencing team decisions.

Now 36 years old, he experienced back and groin issues in 2023, leading to a reduced number of games for the Dodgers.

His increasing strikeout rate, which hit a career-high of 31.1% in 2023, might also be a factor for teams weighing their options​.

While the Tigers and other teams are seemingly passing on the opportunity to sign Martinez, it's clear that his skill set remains in demand.

Teams like the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels, and Toronto Blue Jays have been noted as potential suitors for a bat-first slugger like Martinez this offseason.

His track record and power potential make him an attractive option, despite some of the concerns around his age and recent health issues​. Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports