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Rockies could make play for Victor Martinez

Posted on: October 1, 2010 12:48 pm
 
Victor Martinez The Rockies made their annual September surge, only for Colorado to fold down the stretch.

The club can't afford to have anymore of these slow starts only to turn it on in the second half -- there is a window of opportunity to win, as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is only too well aware of.

"We like our chances that we are going to be together for the next three years, and really that could be the end of it," Tulo observed to the Denver Post . "It's going to be tough to keep all three of us, I'll tell you that. I want it to happen, and I want it to happen here."

Along those same lines, the Rockies are looking for impact bats -- one to start in the outfield and one who could complement Todd Helton at first. They may also need a catcher, as it's likely Miguel Olivo declines his mutual option in search of a more lucrative contract. Unless Colorado is ready to turn the job over to Chris Iannetta -- and based on their actions over the past year, that's not happening -- the club also needs a catcher.

Enter Victor Martinez, who Troy Renck of the Post says the Rockies will target. Martinez could catch and then spell Todd Helton at first base. Given Helton's weakness is against lefties and Iannetta flourishes against southpaws, it could be a perfect platoon. Given that V-Mart is going to have countless suitors, however, Colorado likely won't be able to compete with the offers the backstop will receive.

Renck names Conor Jackson as a low-cost alternative that could platoon with Helton. Jackson is coming off a second-straight injury plagued season but shouldn't find much trouble finding a bench spot somewhere.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:18 pm
 

Rockies could make play for Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez is one of the most productive hitters in baseball.  But he is also the victim of too many uninterrupted years of being the Cleveland Indians' full time catcher.  In my opinion, the Indians took too long to turn Martinez into a part time first baseman and that has taken years off his career.  The Colorado Rockies would probably be making a major mistake by pursuing Martinez because he is really a season or so away from being a full-time DH. Having said that, there are several teams that would really benefit from Martinez's bat.  Minnesota, for example, has to decide if Jim Thome can add another productive year to his stellar career.  If not, Victor Martinez could be a perfect hitter for them.  Other teams that could really use Martinez' bat like the California Angels, Texas Rangers, and, depending on their ability to become contenders again, the Detroit Tigers.  Finally, the Cleveland Indians really took a loss by trading Victor.  He was great for the community, the team, and is another great example why the Indians' ownership, headed by Larry Dolan (brother of the hockey/media giant) need to sell the team.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2010 9:34 pm
 

Nope

The Sox have to keep Martinez, with Varitek and an extremely shaky outfield lineup, the Sox will fork over the millions needed to keep him.


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