Dodgers are interested in recruiting ‘282 home runs’ Martinez
The LA Dodgers, a strong team in Major League Baseball (MLB), are considering recruiting a “big gun.”
Citing a report by Sports Illustrated on the 5th (Korea Standard Time), Major League Baseball website MLB Dotcom reported that the Dodgers were the main hitter of the Boston Red Sox and were interested in recruiting J.D Martinez (35), who qualified as a free agent this winter.
Martinez is the league’s representative slugger who has won only Silver Slugger three times. In the 2017-2018 season, he hit more than 40 home runs for the second consecutive season. He has 282 career home runs. In the 2018 World Series, he hit five RBIs, including one home run, and put a dagger in the Dodgers.
The Dodgers released their player Cody Bellinger, who was the MVP of the National League (NL) in 2019, last month. This is because his contact ability has decreased significantly in the past two years. The Dodgers seem to have wanted an outfielder who can hit sophisticatedly.
Martinez batted more than .300 in both 2016 and 2019 seasons, and only .213 in the 2020 season, when the mini-season (60-game system) was held in the aftermath of the Corona Pandemic, but later marked more than .27% in the 2021-2022 season.
However, his slugging power has declined. The number of home runs in the 2021 season has decreased from 36 in the 2019 season with full-time (162 games system). There were only 16 this season. He recorded the fewest full-time seasons he has played since the 2013 season.
MLB dotcom expressed doubts about whether recruiting a right-handed designated hitter will greatly help the Dodgers strengthen their power. Miguel Vargas, the third-ranked team’s promising player and outfielder, also said he needs to receive more chances to play in the 2023 season. Martinez will be 37 years old next year at our age.