The Arizona Diamondbacks, finding themselves unlikely playoff contenders, have made a move for a rental player, acquiring outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers for infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King.
Its a rather underwhelming return for one of the more impressive bats on the market, although the D-Backs are taking on the roughly $5 million that Martinez is owed, which would seem to impact the return.
Martinez, 29, has a 1018 OPS in 57 games this year for the Tigers. He’s a free agent after this season, and is considered a poor defender, but you’d still think Detroit would get a better package than Lugo, Alcantara and King.
Lugo is the best prospect of the group, a 22 year old third baseman putting up a .282/.325/.428 slash line in AA. Alcantara is a 20 year old shortstop putting up a 706 OPS in the Cal League. King is an 18 year old shortstop who is currently in the AZL.