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.
Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.
The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.