Sports Writing, December 17. (EFE).- Cuban JD Martinez has signed a one-season and $10 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2023 Major League season.
The Dave Roberts-led team’s agreement with the star-designated hitter was announced this Saturday by MLB.com.
Martinez, 35, comes to the Dodgers with a mission to strengthen their offense, given the departure of key pieces for the team last season, such as shortstop Trey Turner, who went to the Philadelphia Phillies, or outfielder and National League MVP Cody Bellinger. , who left for the Chicago Cubs.
The occasional slugger and outfielder comes from playing his last five seasons with the Boston Red Sox, with whom he won the 2018 World Series, defeating the Dodgers in the so-called “Fall Classic”.
Martínez, who averaged 32 home runs per season in his career, hit just 16 home runs last year, though he hit a .272 batting average with 43 doubles, helping him drive in 62 runs in only 139 games.
The new Dodgers player knows the West Division of the National League, in which he had a stellar 2017 campaign, when he played 62 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, with whom he hit 29 home runs and drove in 65 runs. .302 batting average.
In his 12-season career, Martínez appeared in five All-Star Games and won two Silver Sluggers, and finished fourth in voting for the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player Award.
Martinez is now joined by a Dodgers power house that includes Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and Max Muncy.
Dansby Swanson signed with the Cubs
Star shortstop Dansby Swanson will don the colors of the Chicago Cubs after reaching a seven-year deal with the team from the “Windy City” in the United States for $177 million.
The agreement between the 2021 World Series champion and the Chicago team, which includes a clause that prevents him from vetoing any trade, was revealed today by MLB.com.
Swanson was the dominant shortstop defender in free agency following the signings of Carlos Correa with the Giants, Tunner with the Phillies, and Xander Bogarts with the San Diego Padres.
The 28-year-old shortstop hit .277 with 25 home runs and 96 RBI last season with the Atlanta Braves.