Victor Martinez Heads Into Contract Year

The Boston Globe's Tony Massarotti breaks down Victor Martinez's impending free agency, comparing the catcher's walk year situation with Jason Bay's 2009.  The Red Sox haven't had serious extension discussions with Martinez yet, though such talks are often reserved for Spring Training.

Massarotti uses David Ortiz ($13MM), Jorge Posada ($13MM) and Joe Mauer (a projected $20MM) to set the boundaries for Martinez's next salary.  However, Ortiz's extension was signed four years ago, Posada's over two years ago.  And Mauer might deserve unique superstar consideration.

Martinez's biggest wart is his 2008 season, lost to an elbow injury.  The other concern is his ability to serve as a full-time catcher – he hasn't caught a full season since '07.  If Martinez's projected .294/.366/.450 performance comes as a first baseman/DH, he's suddenly in line for a Hideki Matsui or Adam LaRoche-type contract – one year, $6MM.  Since Martinez will catch full-time in 2010, it'll allow the Red Sox to gauge where he belongs in the following seasons.


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51 Comments on "Victor Martinez Heads Into Contract Year"


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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

The Red Sox should try to lock him up but I expect Beckett is the first priority. The Mets should try to get V-Mart.

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bjsguess
5 years 4 months ago

The Red Sox should NOT try to lock him up until they get a chance to evaluate his long term ability to catch. His value is easily halved if he can’t catch.

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ReverendBlack
5 years 4 months ago

^This is all there is to it. Want 1B money? We’ll sign you now. Want catcher money? Call us when you can play catcher.

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TwinsVet
5 years 4 months ago

Any BoSox experts care to fill us in on your organizational depth chart? My understanding is you don’t have any internal solutions for catcher in the next several years – is this correct?

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wolf9309
5 years 4 months ago

Really no one immediately ready, but some promising prospects in a couple of years. Kind of depends not only on how well Vmart holds up, but how short of a deal he’s willing to take. May not make sense to keep him for more than 3 or so years, though he may want more than that. Really all depends on how he holds up this season, so I’d be shocked to see them sign him to an extension until the season is over- chances are taht if he holds up, they’ll be willing to pay FA value for him.

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ReverendBlack
5 years 4 months ago

Martinez included, correct.

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TwinsVet
5 years 4 months ago

In that case, I think it puts a premium on vic if he holds up this year.

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ReverendBlack
5 years 4 months ago

Disagree. There are too many other ways to replace his production less expensively, even presuming a hole at catcher.

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TwinsVet
5 years 4 months ago

But are there other ways to replace his production *at the catcher position*? Assuming Mauer extends, I’m not seeing a whole lot of talent available out there behind the plate.

Of course, trades remain a viable option.

And as you elude to, it wouldn’t be the worst thing if they just went with a Laird-style catcher, and made up for the offense elsewhere.

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ReverendBlack
5 years 4 months ago

I wouldn’t want Mauer for the price tag he’ll come with anyway.

There are other ways to replace his production. The Red Sox are already accustomed to having and winning despite an offensive hole at catcher.

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ElWaldorf
5 years 4 months ago

it’ll def help him thats for sure, but there are already been talks hes bound to play first base full time because hes so so behind the plate. I think they’ll end up getting something done with them half way through the year or next off season. Beckett is 1st priority tho.

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empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 4 months ago

if we all keep pretending jason kendall is a catcher and that paul lo duca could plausibly still play behind the plate, i’m not sure why we wouldn’t be able to grant the same courtesy to victor martinez.

my prediction: boston doesn’t think he can still catch after 2010, he thinks he can, so he signs with whatever team has money coming off the books and needs a catcher. how about san francisco? they love paying for 5-years-ago stats.

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Deanezag
5 years 4 months ago

So since he’s not the worst catcher in the bigs that means he can still be a catcher? I usually dont point to a player the Royals signed or a guy who signed a minor league contract to help make my argument.

your prediction is right though, some team will overpay him, and he will sign with them. SF has Buster Posey waiting to come up so Vmart isnt a fit in SF long term.

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empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 4 months ago

and i usually don’t call a 2-year/$6 million contract “minor league,” but i guess that’s just the difference between you and me. 😉

who goes for it…wait… the mets…of course.

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Deanezag
5 years 4 months ago

you mentioned jason kendall and paul lo duca.

see how in my statement i mentioned a player the royals signed and a guy who signed a minor league contract?
kendall = player the royals signed
lo duca = minor league contract with rockies

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empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 4 months ago

ok, sorry, i misread it to be “a guy the royals signed to a minor league deal.” you win. but the yankees are still a terrible organization.

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Deanezag
5 years 4 months ago

Ok

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elclashcombo
5 years 4 months ago

“My understanding is you don’t have any internal solutions for catcher in the next several years – is this correct?”

I think most teams are like this, however, next several years is correct. Im just glad we dont have to deal with the Tim-Wakefield-personal-catcher-who-hits-below-the-Mendoza-Line-and-takes-up-a-roster-spot- issue anymore.

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Deanezag
5 years 4 months ago

Varitek? lol kidding

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elclashcombo
5 years 4 months ago

seriously…as soon as i typed that i thought, “oh yeah, another year of varitek”.