Los Angeles Dodgers offseason decision: J.D. Martinez
It is hard to be appreciated properly when you are sharing a lineup with Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts. Both players will likely be given plenty of MVP votes and consideration ... and rightly so considering their impressive accomplishments over the past season.
However, if there is one key to the Dodgers great lineup that goes overlooked by many, it is J.D. Martinez. While it was far from a perfect season, the veteran posted great numbers driving in 103 aided by 62 extra base hits.
Again the Dodgers are going to have to weigh the value that Martinez brought versus what is expected going forward from a player in his mid-30s. Martinez had a great season and deserves to be brought back, but there should be a healthy level of concern when it comes to expected drop off for a soon to be 36-year-old player.
Martinez has shown no signs of slowing down rebounding from his career-worst 2020 season to put up strong numbers each of the last three. The Dodgers will have plenty of options in free agency to replace Martinez and will have to make a tough decision on an underappreciated part of a great Dodger offense.