Tigers sign J.D. Martinez

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J.D. Martinez, who was released by the Astros over the weekend, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Tigers.

Martinez was a semi-regular for Houston during the past three seasons, logging 975 plate appearances, but he hit just .251 with 24 homers and a .687 OPS as a corner outfielder. He’s still just 26 years old and has a decent minor-league track record, so Martinez is a worthwhile pickup for a Tigers team looking for some organizational depth after losing Andy Dirks to back surgery.

He’d likely fit best as a part-timer, platooning with a left-handed hitter. For now he’ll head to Triple-A and try to resurrect his career.