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Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: V-MART REVEALS HERNIA SURGERY

It wouldn't be an MLB offseason without a Victor Martinez surgery.  With a series of knee surgeries in his recent winter past, Martinez added a hernia procedure this past October which was not revealed until Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila said as much on Thursday.  Avila did go on to say that Martinez is already 100 percent health-wise and that he is a full go for the start of spring training.  Now 37 years old, Martinez is on borrowed time as a fantasy baseball contributor but he pulled himself back from the statistical abyss in 2016 by swatting 27 home runs and batting .289 as the team's DH.  That marked the second big year out of the last three for Martinez who back in 2014 batted .335 with a career-best 32 bombs.  Alas Martinez did start to show some age last season as his 15 percent strikeout rate was the highest of his career and that suggest the bat speed is slowing some.  Also despite being the DH, Martinez is still a decent injury risk given his age.  He remains one of the best pure hitters in the game though and should be able to squeeze another 20-25 home run season with a solid average for a relatively cheap fantasy baseball price at the draft table.


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