Right-handed hitter JD Martinez (35) eventually wore the LA Dodgers uniform.
American sports channel ESPN reported on the 18th (Korean time) that Martinez signed a one-year, $10 million (13.1 billion won) contract with the Dodgers. The Dodgers needed reinforcements for right-handed batters as Justin Turner was released as a free agent. ESPN predicted that Martinez would share designated hitter (DH) time with Max Muncy and Miguel Vargas. 메이저놀이터
The Dodgers have always sent love calls to Martinez. According to MLB.com, the official homepage of the Major League Baseball (MLB), the Dodgers worked hard to recruit Martinez during the last trade deadline, but the deal failed due to the high demand from the Boston Red Sox.
Martinez is a slugger who has hit 282 home runs in a major league career (12 years). He hit 43 or more home runs in two consecutive years in 2017 and 2018. He played in 139 games this season, hitting 0.274 with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs. Although his slugging percentage (0.518 → 0.448) has dropped significantly, he is still a veteran who can expect a double-digit home run in one season.
ESPN predicted that, assuming that no additional players are recruited, ‘Vargas will spend most of his time at third base, Muncy will play second base, and Gavin Lux will likely play shortstop.