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Victor Martinez
Birthdate: 12/23/1978 (38 y, 3 m, 3 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/195     Position: C/DH
Contract: $68M / 4 Years (2015 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Martinez says he is ready to go and took groundballs at first base Saturday, Evan Woodbery of reports. (2/18/2017)
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Profile: V-Mart only walked as often as, and only whiffed 35% less often than, the major league average. That's about the only criticism you can levy against his 2016 season. Yet it may be a legitimate concern: one of modern baseball's best pure hitters may finally be deteriorating. Of course, Martinez's strikeout "problem" is relative; his 2016 plate discipline, arguably the worst of his career, still ranks in the league's upper 10%. In other words, he has a long way to fall. He's hitting the ball as hard as ever, proving his 2014 home run spike wasn't a fluke and legitimizing his late-career power resurgence. Between his still-elite contact skills and apparently above-average power, he could certainly have worse problems as a 38-year-old. Yes, Father Time is coming for Martinez — he won't keep swatting 25 home runs, and his days of hitting .300 are likely behind him — but his high floor could see him descend into his 40s as gracefully as anyone in recent memory or, perhaps, ever, with the standard caveat of "as long as he stays healthy." Twenty home runs and a .280 batting average aren't particularly sexy, but you could do much worse in the middle-to-late rounds, especially if you're intrigued by the typical discount for DH/utility-only hitters. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: V-Mart posted arguably the worst plate discipline of his career yet still fared better than 90% of qualified hitters. Even if he's finally declining at 38, his elite contact skills and above-average power have established a comfortable floor for the designated hitter. The possibility of 20 home runs and a .280 average certainly get the job done for those willing to accept his age- and DH-related discounts.

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