A report from Ignacio Serrano of ESPN Deportes has the Tigers on the verge of signing Victor Martinez for four-years, $50 million. Serrano says that it’s all but done and is pending a physical. Ken Rosenthal is confirming the report.
Rosenthal adds that the Tigers outbid the Red Sox (which we discussed the other day), the White Sox and the Orioles. The Red Sox offer was two-years, $21 million. It’s unclear if the Orioles or White Sox came closer in terms of dollars or years. And the years may be more important for Martinez. He was more emotional when he was traded away from Cleveland last year than any player in that situation that I can recall. He appears to really value stability and keeping family close, and the ability for him to stay in one place — at least theoretically speaking — is probably high on his list.
As for the Tigers: Martinez would certainly be valuable as a middle-of-the-order bat and, as everyone is obligated to note when discussing him, having him around gives them added flexibility. He won’t be playing a ton of first base in Detroit with Miguel Cabrera hanging around, but he will certainly be useful shuttling between catcher and DH and can spell Cabrera at first when necessary. What this deal also seems to do is to take the Tigers out of the running for Adam Dunn. That is, unless Detroit is silly enough to put him Comerica Park’s left field. If they thought Johnny Damon was an adventure out there, just wait until they get a load of Dunn’s “range.”
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