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Report: Martinez to Tigers

Posted on: November 23, 2010 10:20 am
Edited on: November 23, 2010 10:44 am
 
Victor Martinez The first big free-agent signing of the offseason may be coming soon, as ESPNdeportes' Ignacio Serrano reports Victor Martinez is close to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers.

Martinez will return to the American League Central, where he played for the Indians from 2002 to 2009, when he was traded to the Red Sox.

Martinez hit .302/.351/.493 with 20 home runs for the Red Sox last season and is a career .300/.369/.469 hitter.

The Tigers have money to spare, with several big contracts coming off the books for 2011. The team announced earlier in the day that they would not be offering arbitration to their five free agents, Magglio Ordonez, Johnny Damon, Jeremy Bonderman, Bobby Seay and Gerald Laird.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Comments

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2010 11:38 am
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

will amend my post: have fun playing in front of 12000 EMPTY seats each night.... Man. You are truly a stupid person aren't you?  I'm not going to look it up, but I'd like to know how many teams in baseball don't average at least 12 thousand empty seats per game.  A lot of parks are pretty big and I think that's pretty normal.


I looked it up - The Tigers finished ahead of Boston in attenadance in 2007 (9th and 11th) and in 2080 (8th and 10th)  In 2009, Boston averaged 37,811 for 8th place, while the Tigers averaged 31,693 for 11th place. and in 2010, the Sux finished 8th with 37,610 while the Tigers averaged 30,355.




Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:38 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

I will amend my post: have fun playing in front of 12000 EMPTY seats each night....

Piece of advice: stop. Just stop. You're embarassing yourself.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:21 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

I will amend my post: have fun playing in front of 12000 EMPTY seats each night.... Man. You are truly a stupid person aren't you?  I'm not going to look it up, but I'd like to know how many teams in baseball don't average at least 12 thousand empty seats per game.  A lot of parks are pretty big and I think that's pretty normal.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:09 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

While Detroit doesn't sell out every night like the Red Sox -- Our stadium does hold over 4,000 more people than Boston's and we averaged almost 31,000 per game.

It's not like he re-signed with the Indians and will be playing to an empty stadium.  Plus when they are in the penant race, our attendance goes way up.  So I don't think he is going to be hurting too much for fans to cheer for him.

Obviously he played to sold out games at Fenway every night, but not many teams have the fan base like the Red Sox and Yankees.  I think he will be pleased with the reception he gets, especially if he puts up the number comparable to what he has done his entire career.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:26 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

I will amend my post: have fun playing in front of 12000 EMPTY seats each night....



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:26 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

HAHA!! Red Sox are gonna suck next year.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:57 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

JCAustin,

Mags isn't with detroit just yet.  He was injured last year and missed out on the extra year kicking in.  Detroit is not offering him arbitration either.  This is why Detroit has so much money to spend.  Mags was going to get 18 million i believe this year if he hit his contract extension clause for At Bats.

I see Detroit going full bore at Crawford.  If by some miracle they can sign him, he'd play left field.  Detroit could sign Magglio for an incentive laden contract for about 1/3 of what he would have received -- probably in the 6 million range.

That'd give us a top of the lineup order of Austin Jackson, Carl Crawford, Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.  I'd take that all day long.

I know it won't happen unless all the stars align, but a man can wish.  LOL



Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:41 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

As a Sox fan I have to say I am disappointed if this turns out to be true. Granted he is not the greatest catcher or hitter to ever play the game but based on what we have on the farm and what's available this year via trade and free agency I will take him at this price all day. His defensive skills have improved under the tutelage of Gary Tuck and his bat is adequate. He can play first base which keeps his bat in the lineup when he is getting a break from behind the plate. Would I rather have Mauer? Heck yea but he's not available.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:36 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

My initial reaction: Wow I can't believe the RS didn't resign him. This is a big boost for Detroit's lineup. The middle of the order with Miggy and Mags with V-Mart is pretty sick.
Who does Boston have for a catcher now?



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:11 pm
 

Report: Martinez to Tigers

The Tigers do have alot of money coming off the books, but I dont understand this signing.  VMart is a good hitting catcher, but he is declining and therefore is not worth this money.   To be fair, I would rather have VMart than Jeter and Jeter is going to get a few million more per year than this.....  Dombrowski makes horrible moves every year, surrounds his team with nothing and then the Tigers fans moan about Leyland.  Leyland may not be a great manager, but look at this team..  Bringing back brandon Inge is stupid..  They get no productivity out of the infield at all other than Cabrera...  Martinez is more of a DH and if he is gonna DH there, he needs to hit 30+ HR's and drive in 115+ to earn his money....  I see this as a move that Tigers fans will regret once the season starts.  This is more of a last resort move if you didn't land anyone you wanted than a headliner free agent move to me....

sdw19,

are you kidding me?  how about this -- you tell me how many players hit 30+ hr's and drove in 115+ runs last year at the DH spot.  I'll give you a hint -- the answer is zero.  martinez isn't going to be an everyday DH either.  he will play catcher and trade off with Avila.  he will give Cabrera a rest at 1B and the games he doesn't do either, he will be DH.

i also don't understand your confusion on the signing?  martinez was offer 4 year 48 million from the orioles and white sox.  so obviously other teams were interested.  from the sound of the red sox fans, they aren't too happy about losing him.  the comment of vmart declining -- how so?  Because he was injured and missed 40 games last year and STILL hit 20 hrs and drove in 79 while hitting .302??  THAT is declining?  12.5 million a year is well worth it for him.  He gives Detroit a legitimate bat in the lineup they can put in front or behind Cabrera and he will get MORE than his share of pitches to hit.

as far as the inge signing -- i personally don't like it either, but for the price he signed for, it wasn't a terrible signing.  Between him and Peralta -- Detrot spends around 11 million total for the 2 players -- last year they hit 30 hrs combined with 150 rbi's.  inge's range will let peralta cheat at SS.  both have very reliable gloves.

signing those two players for cheap allowed the tigers to sign benoit and vmart so far, and STILL have around 20-25 million left to spend on another bat.  as i said -- our owner covets crawford, so don't be suprised to see the tigers make a major move to try and sign him.


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