Source: Tigers, J.D. Martinez agree to two-year extension

The Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $18.5 million, a league source said.

The two-year extension buys out the remaining two years of arbitration eligibility on Martinez’s contract.

When arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January, the Tigers and Martinez were $2 million apart, with the Tigers offering $6 million and Martinez asking for $8 million.

Martinez and the Tigers have been talking about a contract extension for a large chunk of the offseason, as general manager Al Avila acknowledged on October 8 that the two sides were discussing a new deal.

In 158 games last season, Martinez hit .282 with 38 home runs and 102 RBI.

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