It was an honorable (if extravagant) gesture to a respected veteran, and everyone knew the final years would be difficult, as Martinezs body wore down.
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The Tigers getting clothes as gift in dream responded with a four-year 68-million contract that was for services rendered more than production expected.
Castellanos also needs a ton of work in the outfield, but theres ample evidence hes better suited to first base.
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I will leave this game with no regrets, he said the other day.
But does Martinez really need a season-long send-off?
There would be a competitive benefit, I suppose, because Martinezs numbers are unfathomably bleak.
His average (.236) and on-base percentage are career lows, and he has four home runs and 29 RBIs.Theoretically, hell be spending more time assessing the market before July 31, although most of the Tigers potential trade pieces have stumbled or gotten hurt, and Castellanos defensive deficiencies decrease his value.Its not like Gardenhire has many options in his makeshift lineup.He ranks 159th out of 163 qualifying hitters with.600 OPS.(SS) watch, watch live, fB-watch MLB Live on Facebook Watch.He hasnt hit a home run since May 19 and doesnt have an extra-base hit since June.You wish you could play until you are 50, but it is what.Hes not driving the ball anymore, but goodness gracious, you gotta give him a break on that.
Martinez has spent seven of his 16 major-league seasons in Detroit, and as recently as 2014, finished second to Mike Trout in the AL MVP voting.
Injuries have taken an obvious toll on a player who never was nimble, yet is a five-time All-Star with.296 career batting average.
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