In case you’re not impressed with the Torii Hunter signing or the idea of Anibal Sanchez being around all year, remember Tigers fans, you’re basically adding an All-Star caliber bat this offseason too:
[Dave] Dombrowski said designated hitter Victor Martinez (knee) remains on schedule to begin spring training. “I can’t say he’s 100 percent but he’s very close,” Dombrowski said. “We anticipate he’ll be 100 percent for spring training. He’s doing very well.”
Martinez hit .330/.389/.470 and drove in 103 runs in 2011. Needless to say, that — or anything even close to that — plays better than anything Delmon Young have the Tigers in 2012.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.