In 2014, Martinez hit .335 with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs, and the Tigers rewarded him with a four-year, $68 million contract that runs through the 2018 season, when he will be 39.
"The heart of our lineup is J.D. Martinez, Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera," Avila said. "Those guys are the key."
But the biggest key is Victor Martinez, their cleanup hitter, and keeping him healthy so he can pack the punch needed to power the middle of the lineup.