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.
Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.
Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.
Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.