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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 1:17 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

I'll say it again.  V-mart isn't going to catch every day for the Tigers. Alex Avila is going to be their every day catcher while Martinez will be the dh most days.  When they are playing a team that can't run effectively they'll give Avila a day off and let Martinez catch.

In the last two years, including time with Cleveland, V-Mart has thrown out 15.25% of base stealers. I don't know about everyone else, but I like my catchers to be able to catch. 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. Nothing I can do about it, except to say that my favorite Red Sox catcher was probably Tony Pena.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:12 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Good Luck to the Tigers!  Martinez was great when he was here, he's not the best catcher but more than adequate. Even if he just plays First and DH's it's a great deal. At the very least he's a switch hitting 1b with power, good deal.
THANK YOU. FINALLY A REAL baseball fan and a real Red Sox fan with a brain.  Are you the only one on these boards?????



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:09 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

have fun playing in front of 12000 fans each night...

Not quite, but nice try and thanks for the post anyway. Last year the Tigers averaged over 30 thousand people and ranked 14th in the league in the state hit I believe 2nd most in the country by the recession, not bad. That's less than 7000 fans then the Red Sox got at their home games.

The year before that it was almost 32 thousand and the Red Sox had less than 5 thousand more at their games. And the year before that in 2008 the Tigers drew more people then the Red Sox did.  And the year before that they beat the Red Sox as well...

So try a little research before you type crap.  I've got 100 dollars that says the Tigers attendance is better then Boston's this year.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:07 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Try 30,000 dumba$$. Sure, Boston brings in more, but Detroit is a far cry from Tampa Bay who has to give away tickets in the middle of a pennant race.  Come with some facts there genius, instead of typical "Detroit Sucks" drivel.

Here, I'll help you...

http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance/_

/sort/homePct



Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:06 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

"have fun playing in front of 12000 fans each night...."

Comerica Park actually puts up some really good attendance numbers. They don't have a huge sell out streak like Boston, but they get a good 25-30,000 fans each night. Not bad for a team that's made the playoffs once in the last 15 years.



Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

have fun playing in front of 12000 fans each night....

Thats odd, Detroit averaged 30,385 a game and Boston had 37,610.  I would check out the stats before you type bud.






Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:04 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Good Luck to the Tigers!  Martinez was great when he was here, he's not the best catcher but more than adequate. Even if he just plays First and DH's it's a great deal. At the very least he's a switch hitting 1b with power, good deal.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:02 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Teams stole at will against him and Varitek. It would have made some sense to sign him to an extended deal as a first baseman (but there's no guarantee that he could play there either) or more likely as a DH. By the time the deal with Detroit is over, V-Mart will be playing in one of those positions. As for who the Red Sox have to replace him, Salty is already a better CATCHER, and I thought that was the point of signing a CATCHER.
I'll say it again.  V-mart isn't going to catch every day for the Tigers. Alex Avila is going to be their every day catcher while Martinez will be the dh most days.  When they are playing a team that can't run effectively they'll give Avila a day off and let Martinez catch.

Whether he bats in front of or behind Miggy he's going to see a lot of great pitches and he's going to get rbi chances  game afer game.

In his last 5 full seasons the guy has batted over 300 EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.  He's a legitimate 20 hr and 80 rbi kinda guy with even more potential in front of Miggy and sees pitches every at bat.    THAT is why the Tigers signed him.

Now all we need to do is sign Maggs and with a Vmart miggy maggs 3-4-5 we'll be dangerous.



Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:00 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

"i was never a big fan" shut ur pie hole, bet you were drinking that kool-aid when he put up monster #s while the rest of that junk team fell off.. BOSTON sux and ur pissed the sox are old and busted, nobody wants to go there, with that welcome V MART, GO TIGERS!



Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:59 pm
 

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So Theo Epstein wouldn't offer Victor Martinez a 4 year deal but will break the bank for Jayson Werth (I know nothing's happened with Werth yet, but Boston's apparently the frontrunner to sign him).

Man Theo Epstein makes some stupid decisions sometimes.


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