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Arizona Diamondbacks are ‘hopeful’ about landing J.D. Martinez

J.D. Martinez sits in the Diamondbacks' dugout after the Dodgers completed a sweep of Arizona in a National League division series. Diamondbacks Playoffs Nlds

Still searching for that power cleanup hitter, the Arizona Diamondbacks are ‘hopeful’ about landing J.D. Martinez, according to Bob Nightengale at USA Today.

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The 36-year-old slugger, who earned his third consecutive All-Star nod in 2023, had an impressive season, smashing 33 home runs, notching 103 RBIs, and boasting a robust .572 SLG.

These 33 home runs marked a new high since 2019, so obviously, there is still plenty of pop left in his bat.

Having played for five different teams over his 13-season career, including the Astros, Tigers, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, and currently the Dodgers, Martinez brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of offensive consistency.

As for his time with the D-backs, J.D. played just 1/2 of a season in the desert as he was traded in the middle of July to help the Diamondbacks make a postseason push.

In an ironic twist, Martinez was with the Diamondbacks in 2017 when they were swept by the Dodgers in the NLDS.

Fast forward six years, and roles reversed for Martinez as he, now a member of the Dodgers, experienced a sweep by the Diamondbacks in the 2023 NLDS.

Another name that Bob Nightengale mentioned as a potential target for the Diamondbacks is Justin Turner.

Nightengale wrote, “The Diamondbacks, who desperately want a third baseman, plan to pursue free agent Justin Turner, who exercised his opt-out with the Boston Red Sox.”

Stay tuned for further updates as the Diamondbacks quest for a right-handed bat continues.

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