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Arizona Diamondbacks: Grading the Outfielders

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PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 02: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Chris Herrmann #10, Jake Lamb #22, Paul Goldschmidt #44 and Yasmany Tomas #24 afte Owings hit the game winning RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of the MLB opening day game at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 02: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Chris Herrmann #10, Jake Lamb #22, Paul Goldschmidt #44 and Yasmany Tomas #24 afte Owings hit the game winning RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of the MLB opening day game at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 27: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a solo home run in the ninth inning of the MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on September 27, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 27: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a solo home run in the ninth inning of the MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on September 27, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

J.D. Martinez

The best was saved for last, you didn’t think there could be a discussion about the Diamondbacks outfielders, and it wouldn’t include J.D. Martinez.

The team acquired Martinez several days before the trade deadline for a small package of prospects that included Sergio Alcantara, Jose King, and Dawel Lugo.

The Diamondbacks paid a small price for someone who had a profound impact on the lineup.

Martinez had a reputation of being a very accomplished hitter that could hit home runs, and he lived up to that reputation.

The outfielder accumulated a .302 average and 1.107 OPS in 62 games with 13 doubles, 29 home runs, 65 RBI and a 168 OPS+.

He was a source of instant offense for the team and hitting after Paul Goldschmidt was the perfect spot in the lineup for him.

The team had Martinez for just a couple of months, but it seemed like he was with the Diamondbacks for the entire year.

Martinez was a great fit with the clubhouse, including several times during games where he and Goldschmidt would strike up a conversation.

Martinez will be one of the hottest free agents this offseason, and it will take some maneuvering by Hazen and the Diamondbacks’ front office to sign him long-term.

Grade:

A++. . . . J.D. MARTINEZ

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