It’s been a slow off-season for the Dodgers thus far. They’ve lost one of their starting arms, Tyler Anderson, to Anaheim and one of their best bullpen arms Chris Martin, to the Boston Red Sox. L.A. has only had one significant signing in the off-season, as they signed former Giant Shelby Miller to a one-year contract.
The Dodgers are bound to make a move or signing, and New York Mets beat writer Pat Ragazzo says they are interested in Red Sox DH specialist.
Source: Dodgers are showing interest in free agent DH J.D. Martinez
Worthy of note, Dodgers hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc has worked with JDM in the past
— Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) December 3, 2022
J.D. Martinez is a five-time All-Star, four of whom have come in his five years in Boston. The 35-year-old is coming off an All-Star 2022 season in which he slashed .274/.341/.448 with a .789 OPS while hitting 16 home runs and 62 RBIs.
In 2022, J.D. spent all his time in the DH spot. He played in 139 games and was the DH in all of those. Compared to 2021, he was in the outfield for 36 games and the DH for 113 games.
The primary DH options for the Dodgers were Justin Turner, Will Smith, and Max Muncy. Smith is the full-time catcher; he was only in the DH spot when Austin Barnes was behind the plate. Even though Turner hasn’t signed, he is expected to remain in Dodger blue. As for Muncy, he will most likely be the guy at second base barring an Aaron Judge signing that could move Mookie Betts to second base.
J.D. is 35, but he has a ton of postseason experience and could still rake it with the best of them. He’s very limited in the outfield now, so he would be the Dodgers’ primary DH person.
What do you think, Dodger fans? Should the Dodgers make a move at Martinez?