Victor Martinez could catch early in the season


Victor Martinez has caught five games over the past two seasons. He’s really a DH these days who can spot at first base. But if Miguel Cabrera is healthy enough to go by the second week of the season — a big if — V-Mart could catch. From the Free Press:

The Tigers play their annual interleague rivalry with the Pirates on April 13-15 in Pittsburgh, meaning that National League rules will eliminate the designated hitter.

“If Miggy’s available, then Victor would be an option at catcher,” manager Brad Ausmus said this week.

If he’s not, then Martinez would be the first baseman.


Too bad that series comes so early. If usual form holds, Alex Avila will be about 96% beaten to dust by August and could use the break then.