As baseball’s first team to reach 60 wins, the Dodgers are reportedly interested in Tigers’ outfielder J.D. Martinez as well as the left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, according to Anthony French of the Detroit Free Press.
The Dodgers have caught fire to take a commanding lead in the NL West standings, where they currently hold a 6.5 game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. As aggressive buyers with a need to improve the bullpen and upgrade in the outfield, the Dodgers’ front office could look at the Tigers to fulfill their needs.
Martinez comes in as one of the top bats on this year’s market as he has put together a very solid .297/.381/.615 line with a .996 OPS to go along with 14 home runs, 32 RBIs and 12 doubles. Wilson has also been a reliable arm in the bullpen as he’s gone 3-3 with a 2.48 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. He’s also picked up nine saves in 10 opportunities.
The Dodgers likely have the farm system to acquire these two players, as MLB Pipeline ranked their organization as having the sixth best system entering play. Granted, top prospect Cody Bellinger has graduated from his prospect status, but the Dodgers should be expected to make a run at these two players as they have plenty of depth in the minor leagues.
The Dodgers have also been linked to right-hander Justin Verlander from Detroit as well as a number of other starting pitchers as they prepare to make a run to the World Series in 2017.