Victor Martinez’s four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers is all but official, and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox made a pair of offers to Martinez that he turned down.
One was a three-year deal worth $36 million and the other was a four-year deal worth $42 million. In other words, taking the Tigers’ offer was a no-brainer for the 32-year-old catcher.
As compensation for losing Martinez the Red Sox will receive the Tigers’ first-round pick in next year’s draft, which is No. 19 overall, as well as a supplemental pick between the first and second rounds.
As for how the Red Sox will replace Martinez behind the plate next season, Matthew Pouliot has a post breaking down all the possibilities.
MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that Astros first baseman Jonathan Singleton has been suspended 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. Minor league pitcher Dean Deetz has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Dehydroclormethyltestosterone.
Singleton, 26, has had issues with marijuana in the past and opened up about his addiction several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself.” He added, “I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton hasn’t played in the majors since 2015. Last season, after going all the way back to Double-A Corpus Christi, he hit .205/.376/.397 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 500 plate appearances.
Deetz, 24, was selected by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2014 draft. Between Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno last season, the right-hander posted a 4.25 ERA with a 97/50 K/BB ratio in 84 2/3 innings of work. He denies knowingly using a PED, per ESPN’s Keith Law.