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Report: Martinez to Tigers

Posted on: November 23, 2010 10:20 am
Edited on: November 23, 2010 10:44 am
Victor Martinez The first big free-agent signing of the offseason may be coming soon, as ESPNdeportes' Ignacio Serrano reports Victor Martinez is close to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers.

Martinez will return to the American League Central, where he played for the Indians from 2002 to 2009, when he was traded to the Red Sox.

Martinez hit .302/.351/.493 with 20 home runs for the Red Sox last season and is a career .300/.369/.469 hitter.

The Tigers have money to spare, with several big contracts coming off the books for 2011. The team announced earlier in the day that they would not be offering arbitration to their five free agents, Magglio Ordonez, Johnny Damon, Jeremy Bonderman, Bobby Seay and Gerald Laird.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:07 pm

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Avila will probaby still get the majority of starts at catcher.
I like this move we can use him at the DH spot for most of the season and give him the odd catch spot here to give guys like Cabrera a rest.
We need a .300 bat more than an arm right now especially with Mags gone.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:56 pm

Report: Martinez to Tigers

4 years for 50 mil?  Sounds kinda steep to me for a catcher that can't throw out a 2nd base.  Granted the guy can hit for a catcher, but he's gettin paid as if he's a great all around player.  Sounds like another dimbrowski overpaying situation that could bite us in the butt later down the road.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:43 pm

Report: Martinez to Tigers

I guess the opportunity for Alex Aviles is out the window......Victor will bring leadership and a big bat to an offence that was lacking in that department last season. Im starting to like the tigers lineup for next season.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:41 pm

Report: Martinez to Tigers

All this talk about the Tigers looking into signing Crawford. Matsui is still on the table. Not to mention De La Rosa, which would give the Tigers something they also need badly: a left handed starter. I'll congratulate the Tigers for the Martinez acquisition, after it's finalized.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:36 pm

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Victor is a very good hitter, but as witnessed by his turn behind ther plate last year shows why they only offered two years. He is not a very good catcher at all. Im not trying to disparage the guy buts its the truth. He can hit sure, im glad he got his money. But this is a prequel to bigger things. The Sox are going to make a very big move, be it AD, or even Hanley. Youk will slide over to third if need be, though I think he is as good as anyone at first. It just depends on what they are willing to trade away. Its November fellas, its early and Martinez is over paid. Sad but true, but best of luck to him

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:29 pm

Report: Martinez to Tigers

@ redsoxwon "I'll say it again: I like my catchers to catch, not dabble with first when his team needs to hide his defensive deficiencies. Defense first. Hitting second. Sorry if you don't think I'm being sincere about that. "

thats what you posted? well i have a solution for you idiot.........SIGN GERALD LAIRD  he is DEFINITELY defense first, and hitting 2nd.

just another mad boston fan. they go 80 years without winning, then win a couple and think they are the yankees. its funny how baseball arguments always turn into a "CITY OF DETROIT SUCKS" argument. st louis was just voted most dangerous city.......should pujols leave? now beat it redsoxwon before i have porcello slam you the way he slammed fat boy youk!!!!!

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:25 pm

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sdw19, The Sox have plenty of cash, and with money coming off the books this year and next, signing both Crawford and Martinez would not be a issue, there was no risk in signing Victor, this was about getting Draft picks, getting Crawford would be nice, but do not see the Yankees letting that happen, do not let the Sox try to sell you that they are a small market team, its when they lose out on a premier free agent they blame the Yankees.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:21 pm

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Coop317, It is not a "typical Sox fan" comment as you state.  We are as knowledgeable as any fans in sports, and it is a too simple and cheap to group everyone together to try and make your point.  The Nation speaks out when we think we've erred, and we have erred plenty over the years.  In this case, the Tigers, who usually don't spend freely, overpaid by a considerable amount for VMart.  If I'm Theo and John Henry, I couldn't justify the contract either.  I wish VMart well on the field and as he laughingly goes to the bank.  All, or most all in the Nation, appreciate VMart's contributions but, IMO, is he's not worth $50 million at this point in his career.  As for the Sox, I don't understand passing on Beltre unless his demands were as excessive as VMart's Tigers contract.  Anyway, let's bring Crawford to the back Fens.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:11 pm

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Why, so Dunn and Inge can have a strikeout contest?  I like a .300 hitter, even if he doesn't hit as many homers.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:05 pm

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Would you resign Beltre if you were Theo???????  I wouldn't he has a track record of getting his money and then doing NOTHING....  Those moves haven't worked out, but it has only been a few years since you won a World Series..  The Yankees went forever until last year considering they annually spend alot more than anyone else and Cashman, who I think should have been fired long ago, held on to his job....  The Red Sox need to make a play on Crawford and if letting go of VMart lets them do that and stay in their budget, then it will be a great move.  The Red Sox need to make a big splash and improve without letting the yankees improve...  Bringing back Martinez and then letting the yankees get Crawford is a big Lose and Red Sox fans everywhere would lose their minds...  I would not have paid this for martinez..  

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