J.D. Martinez has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan and MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported Tuesday afternoon. Ken Rosenthal confirms.
The Tigers acquired infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King, the team reports. Lugo is the Diamondbacks’ No. 8 prospect, per Baseball America’s midseason report. The other two are not ranked.
BA wrote of Lugo:
The former Blue Jays top prospect lost 15 pounds after coming to the Diamondbacks last summer and has generated more explosiveness, bat speed and athleticism as a result. His glove and arm at third base earns raves, and he’s started playing more shortstop of late, pushing Domingo Leyba to second base.
The 22-year-old Lugo has a .277/.308/.397 line during his six-year minor league career. He’s batting .282/.325/.428 for a .753 OPS this year. He has seven home runs, 21 doubles and four triples.
The 21-year-old Alcantara is hitting .255/.343/.322 across five minor league seasons and 279/.344/.362 this year. He has mainly played shortstop in Advanced-A this year.
Jose King is an 18-year-old with a handful of games under his belt in the Arizona rookie league.
We’ll have more later, but this is an awful return from the worst farm system in baseball.
Martinez was pulled from the lineup in the sixth inning on Monday with what was called lower back tightness, but he was back in the Tigers’ lineup against the Royals Tuesday. He was later replaced by Alex Presley in the updated version of the lineup and Jim Adduci was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
Martinez had a .305 average along with .388 OBP and .630 slugging for a 1.018 OPS this year. For his career he has hit .283/.340/.494.