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Tigers place Victor Martinez on 10-day disabled list with irregular heartbeat

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The Tigers placed designated hitter Victor Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with an irregular heartbeat, the team announced Sunday. Per a report from manager Brad Ausmus, Martinez was hospitalized on Saturday with a rapid heartbeat and is expected to be released shortly.

The 38-year-old was first diagnosed with the condition back in June, when he experienced dizziness, sweating and chills following a game against the Rays. He was briefly hospitalized and was able to return to game action after just 12 days. There’s no word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined this time around, though MLB.com’s Jason Beck notes that the team won’t rush the veteran designated hitter back to the field until they’ve pinpointed the cause of the episodes.

Martinez is in his sixth campaign with the Tigers, and entered Sunday batting .255/.324/.372 with 10 home runs and a .697 OPS in 435 PA. He went 0-for-4 with a walk against the White Sox on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, rookie outfielder JaCoby Jones was recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Jones appeared in 27 games for the Tigers earlier this season and slashed a meager .167/.265/.267 with three extra-base hits in 68 PA.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.