Report: White Sox to target Victor Martinez this winter
Will the White Sox be angling to add a veteran DH to the mix next offseason, at the expense of the rival Tigers?
The White Sox after the current season will bid farewell to the retiring Paul Konerko and outgoing free agent Adam Dunn. As such, they figure to have a vacancy at DH. One possible target to fill that role? As one source tells Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, Victor Martinez, presently of the division-rival Tigers, may be of serious interest to the Sox.
Martinez is indeed a seasoned and established bat. In this, his age-35 season he's batting a stellar .328/.395/.553 (158 OPS+) in 522 plate appearances, and he has 26 homers and 54 walks against just 38 strikeouts. For his career, V-Mart owns an OPS+ of 124 across parts of 12 big-league seasons. Obviously, though, sudden decline is possible with a player of Martinez's age. He's wrapping up a four-year, $50-million deal with the Tigers.
It's left to question whether the White Sox can contend in 2015 (this would be a contender's type of move, to be sure), but there's something to be said for plucking a frontline bat from one of the teams ahead of you in the standings.
As with all things offseason put forth in the month of August, consider this to be: developing!