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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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Comments

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Victor Martinez is not worth 50 million for 4 years
Exactly.



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:01 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

No matter how you slice it, this leaves a big hole in the Sux lineup. No the same team that won the Series on '07, and with an aging DH, the bat would have helped the lineup. If he's happy in Detroit, good for him.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:00 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

The question is how much of it is Theo? You need to remember Theo doesn't pay these players. John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino have much more say into business matters than Theo. Furthermore, Victor Martinez is not worth 50 million for 4 years.



Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

This signing rules out any shred of hope for Detroit to land Crawford. Leyland hates to run, and Detroit won't offer him as much as the Angels... Still a great move by Detroit though



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Why are Sox fans and Tigers fans trading barbs? I have nothing against any Detroit team or their fans. Simply being from Detroit must be bad enough.

Seriously though, there was a very good chance that Martinez would sign with Detroit and now that it's happened, it gives Boston more incentive and financial flexibility to break the bank on Crawford, which I feel they MUST do. They can't afford to go into next year without making some sort of splash and Werth does not do it for me. As for the catcher position, no one really knows what Salty can do because he's always injured and even suffered a bout of Steve Sax Syndrome. On the bright side, if Salty doesn't pan out, we can always turn to Kevin Cash...



Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:55 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

I'll be glad when its actually official he is signed by us.  I think its a great move.  We aren't signing him for his defense.  We are signing him for his bat and to spell Avila when he needs a rest.  I like the move.  So far we now have Benoit and it appears V-Mart.  Now if we can get Crawford also?  I like our chances this coming season.  Welcome to Detroit V-Mart!!!!



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

This pretty much kills any Adam Dunn signing.  Adding two defensive liabilities would be..well...indefensible.  I doubt the Tigers can still land Crawford, but if they do, I'll be excited.



Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:34 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Do your research before posting. V-Mart's career average for throwing out runners is 25.1%. Look, all I'm saying is that I don't think the Sox should be blindly loyal at the expense of an albatross contract for a player that can kind of catch, kind of play first, doesn't have enough power (IMO) to be an everyday DH and is 32 years old. That's what the Yankees do. Or don't you think the Red Sox considerd those factors.



Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:25 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

lol thats good but the real stats...Det 30,000 a night and Boston 37,000 a night = your best hitter last year left because 30K of REAL fans are better than 37K fans losing and crying every year, bunch of YANKEE wannabes lmao




Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:23 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

REDSOXWON  PLease think before you post, Johnny Bench could not throw runners out with our Pitching staff, Salty was sent to the minors last year, at this point he can't hit for some reason John Henry does not want to compete with the Yankees. so now you have a catcher, that maybe able to throw a few runners out and the jury is still out on that, or a 300 hitting guy who may be able to DH in two years or if needed play first base. yes you need offense too.


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