Tigers Sign Victor Martinez

The Tigers officially added a middle of the order bat, signing catcher Victor Martinez to a four-year, $50MM contract.  Martinez was widely regarded as the best offensive catcher available, though he may see significant time as Detroit's designated hitter. He'll earn $12MM in 2011, $13MM in 2012-13 and $12MM in 2014.

Martinez, 32 next month, hit .302/.351/.493 in 538 plate appearances for the Red Sox this year, earning his fourth All-Star nod.  As a switch-hitter, Martinez provides the left side protection the Tigers craved.  He also logged 904 innings behind the plate, a number that should decrease in Detroit due to the presence of Alex Avila.

Though the Red Sox hoped to re-sign Martinez, reportedly offering him a choice of three years and $36MM or four years and $42MM.  They can take solace in receiving the best available draft pick as part of their compensation.  The Tigers must surrender their #19 draft pick next year to the Red Sox, unless Detroit also signs Jayson Werth later.  In that case the Red Sox would get the Tigers' second-round pick.  Regardless, the Red Sox will also receive a supplemental draft pick. 

According to Ignacio Serrano of El Nacional, who broke the story, Martinez turned down a four-year, $48MM offer from the Orioles and a three-year, $48MM contract from the White Sox. MLBTR has learned that the White Sox in fact offered $48MM over four years. Martinez is represented by Octagon.

The Tigers have been baseball's most aggressive team this offseason.  Prior to the Martinez agreement, they committed $39.25MM to Brandon Inge, Jhonny Peralta, and Joaquin BenoitIn a November 10th poll, three of five MLBTR writers correctly predicted Martinez would sign with the Tigers.

Serrano broke the story, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reported that an agreement was in place and Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported on Twitter that the deal was official and added contract details.


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456 Comments on "Tigers Sign Victor Martinez"


MetsEventually
4 years 9 months ago

Nice! Great for the Tigers. Do they have money still to bid on Dunn/Werth though?

4 years 9 months ago

They should. 12 Mil a year really isn’t that compounding. They can try for Werth/Crawford now. Dunn, I would guess, is eliminated due to him being a DH and the Tigers need for a REAL corner OF’er

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

I know its a juvenile comment to make, but I’d love to see them sign Werth too and screw the Sox on the higher pick. Werth in that lineup now would be damaging. I’d make them the early favorites for the Central if they could pick up one more back end arm at this point.

RedSox2219
4 years 9 months ago

Shocker you want to screw the Red Sox.

Dustroia15
4 years 9 months ago

I can’t imagine the Tigers outbidding the Sox for Werth, when the Sox have a mid-first round pick at stake.

RedSox2219
4 years 9 months ago

I agree. Even though I hope Boston does not get Werth. I’d much rather get Crawford (obviously) but maybe sign Dunn and have the worst defensive tandem at 1B with Ortiz/Dunn.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 9 months ago

Ortiz playing the field = lulz

wakefield4life
4 years 9 months ago

Werth wouldn’t survive in comerica. He has no opposite field power and only 4 of his 18 HRs hit in citizens would have cleared comeria (3 pull) if the weather conditions were the same. He would be far from damaging for the tigers.

wakefield4life
4 years 9 months ago

to put that into perspective, if you were to take Werth’s spray chart in citizens and put it in Fenway, he actually winds up with 20 HRs in hitting to the green monsta.

4 years 9 months ago

Well 55 million came off the books. If the deals are evenly paid
Peralta is due 5.625 mil
Inge is due 5.75 mil
Benoit is due 5.5 mil
and with v-mart at 12.5 mil that totals to 29.375 mil…. assuming they won’t be raising the team’s salary from last year that leaves 25.625 mil. which in my opinion means the shopping spree is far from over only half way done. I expect an outfielder to be signed sometime :)

shortking98
4 years 9 months ago

They also have a 6MM raise to pay Verlander, 0.5MM to Porcello, as well as arbitration raises so the actual figure is less than 20MM left assuming the payroll remains constant

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

I wanted Dunn but 3 years from now that would be pretty ugly with him being a full time OF since Vmart wouldn’t be able to catch much at all anymore. Crawford seems destined to be an Angel so it looks like Werth is the remaining option. Not to mention he is a Boras client and the Red Sox are probably going to make a big push for him, he could get too expensive for my taste.

MetsEventually
4 years 9 months ago

I’d rather have the Tigers sign Crawford. Much better player personally.

You’re a Tigers fan, how do you feel about this trade: Beltran for Galarraga and Boesch? I didn’t think of it, but I believe an online journal did.

rockvssingleparents
4 years 9 months ago

I’d be fine with that. Move Pagan to center, shhh don’t tell Beltran but Angel should’ve been there all of last year.

chreeschan
4 years 9 months ago

That’s gotta be the dumbest trade proposal I’ve ever heard.

MetsEventually
4 years 9 months ago

Well, why is this the dumbest trade proposal you’ve ever heard?

chreeschan
4 years 9 months ago

We have Austin Jackson making league minimum, why do we need an 18million dollar center fielder?

MetsEventually
4 years 9 months ago

True true, but he’s open to playing other OF positions. I would think if the Mets move Beltran, there would be some eating of money being done also.

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

how about a back end rotation guy like Perez for Boesch and Galla? I’d be much more interested in that.

MetsEventually
4 years 9 months ago

Lols sure thing.

verlander
4 years 9 months ago

Oh God, no.

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

why not? Galla is a #5 guy at best (despite one perfect game), and I really think Boesch was a flash in the pan type guy.

jphenix2002
4 years 9 months ago

lmao this has to be a joke. Oliver Perez might actually be WORSE than willis

jphenix2002
4 years 9 months ago

lmao this has to be a joke. Oliver Perez might actually be WORSE than willis

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

I did the calculations using the spreadsheet from COTS, and after I subtracted the players who left and factored in raises and moderate raises for 1st or second year arb guys, keeping payroll the same as 2010, I show the Tigers with 35.8 million left to spend.

That’s enough to get Werth (15-18)
De La Rosa (7-9)
and a decent lefty reliever (2-4)

4 years 9 months ago

They won’t spend the same as last year.

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

Illitch has already said he’s not cutting payroll. He wants that ring bad. I don’t he’ll raise it but I don’t think he’ll drop it.

4 years 9 months ago

75 million came off the books with expiring contracts for Ordonez, Bonderman, Robertson, Willis, Damon, Inge, Laird, Seay, and Everett.
One 6 million raise for Verlander. Including all adjustments and arbitration cases, and the signings of Inge, Peralta, Martinez, Benoit, and Alburquerque, payroll is still 40 million below 2010 payroll.
Enough to get an outfielder, a starting pitcher, and a reliever to replace Coke in the pen.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Absolutley…This is just a fantastic Baseball day and I’m really happy about this!!!!

shysox
4 years 9 months ago

Your Denard Span is probably not too happy about this.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

he’s just a happy guy all the time. Hes just spanny being spanny

joepciappara1151
4 years 9 months ago

as a tiger fan for over 50 years i do feel that they should bring in one more free agent but his name is crawford . as of today they do also lack a quilty #2 or a #3 batter in there batting order and on a plus side he does improve the teams defense as well as team spead. as for a second baseman goes i would cut ties with guillen if he couldn’t be ready at the start of the new season and i would give sizemore a chance to win or loss the starting job at second base. next i would trade oliver villarial raburn wells and even boesch for a pitcher named sanchez from the sf giants. he would make a damn good #3 or #4 in any major league rotation . last either bring back maggs or trade for beltran from the ny mets. trade galarraga plus a prospect for one year of his service. who knows he may have overcome his injures that have cost him playing time over the past two years and then at the least if he turns in an ave year for himself his numbers would equal or be better then maggs but the greatest reason to concider a trade for him is because of his fielding as well as being a class player as well. a final word offense is nice but defense and pitching wins games. with crawford sanchez and maggs or beltran there team would have a winning combination. does any one believe that the tigers couldn’t compeat against the best from either leauge…….

Joey
4 years 9 months ago

“next i would trade oliver villarial raburn wells and even boesch for a pitcher named sanchez from the sf giants”

Yes because the Giants would just accept Oliver and our crap for Sanchez.

joepciappara1151
4 years 9 months ago

there has been times within the past within a pill of crap that a beautiful flower does grows. if you look at todays sf roster they do not only lack power but also replacements players within there present system to cover there needs. one thing they do have is pitching at the major league leval as well as in there minor league system. rayburn offers a bat with some power and wells offers more potential then what sf has on its todays roster. so please feel free to look over these facts before looking into a toilet. as i said before i am a tiger fan but i also do like and follow the sf team since i have been living in the bay area for over 30 years. is this possible trade onesided or not is not what matters at this point but what does matter for sf is could they repeat with there present roster today……… and i do think not

Joey
4 years 9 months ago

Oliver would be the centerpiece of the deal, but there isn’t really anything else there that the Giants would be enticed by. I don’t know the SFG minors top to bottom, but if Casper Wells, who’s 26 and has proven virtually nothing at the major league level.

Yes, Wells had about 100 PA that were really good for the Tigers this year, but he struck out 20% of the time compared to a 6% walk rate. He was also able to keep up a .373 BABIP through the short sample size.

As for Raburn, he could be valuable in the right circumstances. Personally if I was a GM I wouldn’t want to take a chance on a guy that hits .180 for the first four months of the season (and yes I know he wasn’t a regular during that time). I would also love to see him slaughter playing defense at AT&T.

I also don’t know what GM would be willing to give a lot for Boesch following his .163/.237/.222 line through 300 PA in the second half.

joepciappara1151
4 years 9 months ago

there has been times within the past within a pill of crap that a beautiful flower does grows. if you look at todays sf roster they do not only lack power but also replacements players within there present system to cover there needs. one thing they do have is pitching at the major league leval as well as in there minor league system. rayburn offers a bat with some power and wells offers more potential then what sf has on its todays roster. so please feel free to look over these facts before looking into a toilet. as i said before i am a tiger fan but i also do like and follow the sf team since i have been living in the bay area for over 30 years. is this possible trade onesided or not is not what matters at this point but what does matter for sf is could they repeat with there present roster today……… and i do think not

4 years 9 months ago

Still 40 million below last year’s payroll after signing Inge, Peralta, Benoit, Martinez, counting Verlander’s raise and all other arbitration and salary adjustments.

Since_77
4 years 9 months ago

Good to get him out of the AL East. He was always a tought out for the Yanks

4 years 9 months ago

Too damn bad we gotta see him on OPENING DAY! F***!!

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

Good for the Tigers. I can’t criticize their moves. I think they are filling their needs and they are not sitting around waiting for it to come to them. Now they can pick up a few things off the scrap heap in a few weeks. They didn’t have to trade any young talent either.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

Good signing, I actually thought it would be a 5 yr deal for more money.

mistermonkey
4 years 9 months ago

Agreed — given how lavish the contract could have been, it’s impressive. I mean, VMart will make the same amount next year that Carlos Guillen does. The only thing I question is whether the deal look as bad as Guillen’s come 2014.

4 years 9 months ago

Someone has to explain more about the 3yr/$48M white sox offer rumor. I still can’t believe he turned that down even though it’s in Ignacio’s article in plain, Venezuelan Spanish.

4 years 9 months ago

I asked Morosi if he could confirm that part; I’m sure something will come out sooner or later.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

If it is true it might be the first time someone turned down a better offer to live in Detroit

airohpue13
4 years 9 months ago

Screw you.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

u mad?

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 9 months ago

Detroit pretty much is the toilet bowl of America

TartanElk
4 years 9 months ago

Nah that’s pretty much St. Louis. I was born and lived in Detroit. I love the place so much. I also lived in St. Louis, that place is the real toilet bowl of America.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

lets just all agree that the united states is a land of many toilets.

0bsessions
4 years 9 months ago

Says the Canadian. Go take your government subsidized healthcare and…and…*sniffle*

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Dual citizenship baby, I live in the Florida 4 months out of the year!

Dustroia15
4 years 9 months ago

Senior citizen baby!

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

I’m only 28, but yes there are a terrible amount of old people in florida…. I have rage blackouts while driving.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

I’m only 28, but yes there are a terrible amount of old people in florida…. I have rage blackouts while driving.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

and…and…and…get free professional health care that won’t have you making life decisions between getting medical treatment or selling your house? Damn republicans.

4 years 9 months ago

Yeah, Like O’Dumbo is making this country a better place to live? NOT. We’ll be another Somalia by the time his term is over.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

OK maybe I should’ve have made this a political forum but…don’t drink the kool aid dude. And to think we could ever be reduced to anything less than a super power is a joke.

PJaysW
4 years 9 months ago

just wow.

verlander
4 years 9 months ago

Really?

bustersposey
4 years 9 months ago

glenn beck thinks you’re nuts.

0bsessions
4 years 9 months ago

Says the Canadian. Go take your government subsidized healthcare and…and…*sniffle*

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

Is it the Port Authority of the world?

4 years 9 months ago

I can’t believe nobody gave you any love for this comment. Port Authority is truly the worst place in the country, and I say that as someone who loves New York.

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

No one said Detroit is all rosy-posy. The playes live in the suburbs (and, yes, they can get beautiful homes for far less money than in fancier cities) but they do drive downtown to get to Comerica. Comerica is a sanctuary in the middle of chaos and is a beloved place to be.

Mickeyblue
4 years 9 months ago

St. Louis and Detroit are basically the same city except St. Louis has much nicer burbs. But yes St Louis is a hell hole, Detroit and St. Louis are the only two comparable cities in america to eachother.

Mickeyblue
4 years 9 months ago

St. Louis and Detroit are basically the same city except St. Louis has much nicer burbs. But yes St Louis is a hell hole, Detroit and St. Louis are the only two comparable cities in america to eachother.

Bobk48224
4 years 9 months ago

At least Detroit doesn’t have barges full of garbage floating in our water trying to con someone into taking it. Tell me doe the East river still have no swimming signs with skulls and crossbones on them?

4 years 9 months ago

Most likely turned down a better offer to become a part of the “Venezuelan Mafia”: Cabrera, Galaragga, Guillen, hopefully Maggs… playing with your countrymen probably held a lot of appeal.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

Don’t assume that all Venezuelan’s love the idea of being teammates w/ Ordonez. Isn’t he pro-Hugo Chavez to the dislike of some of national teammates?

4 years 9 months ago

the hopefully Maggs was about my desire, not anyone else’s :)

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

Don’t assume that all Venezuelan’s love the idea of being teammates w/ Ordonez. Isn’t he pro-Hugo Chavez to the dislike of some of national teammates?

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

Detroit as a regular city is rough, not gonna argue that. As a baseball town, its one of the best. The fans love their team and their players and really stick with them. Peralta, Damon, and a bunch of other Tiger players have gone on record to say that they love playing in Detroit. Maybe Detroit isn’t the greatest place in the world to live and work in, but apparently its pretty good to play baseball in.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

I’m sure you are right. I was just making a joke at Detroit’s reputation. I wasnt trying to offend anyone.

verlander
4 years 9 months ago

Also, the players don’t have to live in downtown Detroit, they just work there. There’s a reason potential free agent signings sometimes take a “tour” of Oakland County during the courting process.

j6takish
4 years 9 months ago

Glad to see that all those Hot’N Readys I bought throughout college are finally paying off

Jason_F
4 years 9 months ago

I think the most shocking thing about this report is that the White Sox offered Martinez 3 years and $48M.

PJaysW
4 years 9 months ago

can we get over this? even if the report is accurate, why can’t we allow that a player may have chosen a scenario he felt was a better fit?

BWOzar
4 years 9 months ago

Jason_F is right. What is there to get over? First of all, why would anyone choose to live in Detroit instead of Chicago? More importantly, he’d get nearly the exact same amount (and considering how the first seasons might be invested 48 mil in 3 years is likely to be worth more at the end of year 4 than 50 mil in 4 years). Plus he’d have free agency again a year younger. I think that article has to be a translation issue – I think it’d make sense if the article meant to say something like Chicago offered 3 years, 39 mil or maybe even 3 years, 42 mil.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

You do know that practically none of the athletes actually live in Detroit right? And I have lived in Detroit for a few years now, and obviously it has its nasty parts, but around Comerica and the Wayne State area (where I went to college) it actually is quite nice. Now it is no Chicago by any means, but it shouldn’t be enough to discourage Vmart from signing here.

Plus we have had alot of Venezuelans on the Tigers so he probably feels more comfortable around his countrymen. Cabrera and Guillen among others hail from there as well.

4 years 9 months ago

I’m sure Detroit has some very nice suburbs. What I can’t get over is why the Sox were willing to overpay so much for a DH. As a catcher he might be worth that much but he’s practically useless behind the plate. You can’t play him everyday cause he’s an injury risk. He’s just not worth 16MM a year at this stage. I hope the report was false.

And Leyland, our effing MANAGER is Venezuelan. As our several other players on our team. I doubt that had to do with anything.

4 years 9 months ago

I think the White Sox would have played him at 1st base, but that is just speculation.

BWOzar
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t really mean to hate on Detroit, I’m more emphasizing that Chicago is one of the greatest cities on Earth (not to mention one of the great baseball cities).

I think that it’s incredibly strange that a player would choose to sign for only 75% of the value the market suggests he’s worth, regardless of city. 48 mil over 3 years is likely to be MORE valuable in actual wealth than 50 mil over 4 years.

Yes, let’s assume that all those Venezuelans MUST be friends with one another! I’m sure you love every one of your co-workers simply because they’re American like you. I don’t buy Jingoistic ‘more Venezuelans’ arguments; show me some evidence Martinez has an actual relationship with Cabrera or Guillen and we might be on to something. Just as a small example, Jorge Posada’s best friend on the Yankees isn’t one of his fellow Puerto Ricans – it’s Derek Jeter. I don’t think we’d assume that Cliff Lee would sign with a team because they have more Southerners or folks from Arkansas on it – let’s not play that game because someone is of Latin descent.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

No he might not already know them, but if I were to be playing ball in Japan I would sure as hell want to be on a team with a few Americans.

BWOzar
4 years 9 months ago

Considering the fact he’s been in America for 15 years now and is from about 350 miles away from Cabrera and Guillen’s home town I don’t think there’s ANY correlation whatsoever.

verlander
4 years 9 months ago

Jhonny Peralta and Victor Martinez were BFFs on the Indians. Maybe that had some influence.

BWOzar
4 years 9 months ago

There we go! Didn’t know of their friendship, but I could definitely see that sort of thing being a contributing factor to Martinez’s choice. Even though Petalta is *GASP* Dominican!

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

You just pissed off all of Washington Hts dude. Be careful…..be very careful.

4 years 9 months ago

Metro Detroit is amazing, and I go to school in Detroit and its not bad in the areas mentioned. Its just such a big city(bigger then manhatten/LA combined) that there are bound to be bad areas. Anyways maybe he just wanted the Tigers over the chisox is that so hard to believe? Not work for a manager that has a rep for treating venezualen players poorly(mags) and a team that isnt poised to add more pieces. The Tigers have a ton of money to spend and an owner that wants to spend it, mixed in with our current young starters (porcello/scherzer) and turner/oliver coming up its an attractive destination.

I could go on further about why the tigers are simply more desirable then the white sox.

BWOzar
4 years 9 months ago

My point is that he left a hell of a lot of money on the table if that 3 for 48 offer is true. The White Sox have, arguably, a better core to build around as well. Detroit has three absolutely fantastic players (Cabrera, Verlander and Scherzer) but beyond that the roster is uninspiring (Porcello has upside, Jackson had a great season but it’s not reflective of his true talent). Chicago, at least, has 5 strong starting pitchers under contract, a solid, if unspectacular, positional talent around in Rios, Quentin, Beckham and Ramirez and superb relief arms.I don’t really mean to hate on Detroit, I’m more emphasizing that Chicago is one of the greatest cities on Earth (not to mention one of the great baseball cities).

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think it’s fair to say that he treats Venezeulan players badly as much as to say that he and Maggs, both from Venezuela, may not share the same opinion of Hugo Chavez who Maggs supports. A lot of Venezuelans have problems with Chavez. Who is to say that the others don’t share Guillen’s dislike of Maggs too?

dskirsa
4 years 9 months ago

Why would anyone want to live on the south side of Chicago? After all, that’s where the White Sox play. Since you assume that players live next door to stadiums and, gasp, why would anyone want to live in nasty Detroit, I have to ask…why would anyone live in southside Chicago?

BWOzar
4 years 9 months ago

Yup. That’s EXACTLY my point. You nailed it. Congratulations.

To respond briefly, I think if you asked 100 Americans if they’d rather live in Chicago or Detroit I’d bet 99 or so would say Chicago. But, again, it was one throwaway line at the beginning of my comment – my point is that the dollars don’t make sense.

dskirsa
4 years 9 months ago

Your point is that you don’t realize that there is more to Detroit than what you saw on 8 Mile and that you are ignorant. Nice work.

A throwaway comment isn’t something that you lead with.

BWOzar
4 years 9 months ago

#1 I’ve been to Detroit twice.
#2 My comment clearly said ‘more importantly’
#3 I think it’s a good signing, but simply don’t understand why anyone (even if the cities were reversed) would choose to sign with the team coming off the worse season for more years and less TOTAL money.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

Not to beat up on you but to say “I’ve been to Detroit twice” is like saying I have a “blank” friend so I know all about being “blank”.

BWOzar
4 years 9 months ago

One of my close friends went to law school at Detroit Mercy, hence my being in the city.

BWOzar
4 years 9 months ago

#1 I’ve been to Detroit twice.
#2 My comment clearly said ‘more importantly’
#3 I think it’s a good signing, but simply don’t understand why anyone (even if the cities were reversed) would choose to sign with the team coming off the worse season for more years and less TOTAL money.

nhsox
4 years 9 months ago

Because of the players union that allegedly looks out for players’ best interests.

4 years 9 months ago

I know! Shocking that nobody would be clamoring to play for a Chicago team who was just as crappy as the Tigers last year with a d!ck for a manager. I’m blown away myself.

4 years 9 months ago

Oh yeah, 88-74 is just as crappy as those .500 Tigers who had one offensive player and no back end to their rotation. And I’m sure Martinez would not share your sentiments about the manager whom you so eloquently described, seeing as how they’re both from Venezuela and Martinez IDOLIZED the man when he was a boy.

4 years 9 months ago

I know! Shocking that nobody would be clamoring to play for a Chicago team who was just as crappy as the Tigers last year with a d!ck for a manager. I’m blown away myself.

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

I thought that was pretty bizarre, too. If you are Victor, why are you willing to play the 4th year for $2 million?

MB923
4 years 9 months ago

“The Tigers must surrender their #19 draft pick next year to the Red Sox, unless Detroit also signs Jayson Werth later.”

May sound dumb, but I’m a little lost. How would signing Jayson Werth save them a draft pick?

start_wearing_purple
4 years 9 months ago

I gotta think with both Buck and VMart signed that Theo will make an aggressive move for Napoli.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 9 months ago

I hope youi’re right! A Salty/Napoli combo would be sweet and would be for half of what vmarts making next year! I love the fact the sox seem committed to giving Salty a chance to shine as they did with Youk and Pedroia previously!

basemonkey
4 years 9 months ago

You know you’re a badass if your agent is a polygon.

4 years 9 months ago

I thought it was Octagon of AAA Lucha LIbre fame.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

Well as a Red Sox fan this is a tough blow. His defense was okay, but we can deal with that because his bat at his position is so rare. Good sign for the Tigers, he’s a class act. Wonder what Bostons plans are now.

soxfan0928
4 years 9 months ago

Well we now have about $20mm freed up from Beltre and Vic to go find a power bat. Wonder if this will light some fire under Theo’s butt to make a blockbuster deal and sign a significant bat? Crawford + Gonzalez, Werth + Gonzalez, etc.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

Blockbuster deals means giving up prospects with high ceilings. He had the chance to keep a solid offensive with just money and saving prospects but he didn’t.

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

Signing VMart would have cost the Sox a 1st round and supplemental pick AND $$$ if you consider the compensation picks. I’m betting Beltre walks so the Sox can get those picks, too.

ugotrpk3113
4 years 9 months ago

Don’t touch his head.

Ben_Cherington
4 years 9 months ago

Wasnt that Beltre that spazzed out for touching his head or was it both of them?

Fangaffes
4 years 9 months ago

That was Beltre. Touch his head and he’ll break your ribs.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

That was Beltre.

4 years 9 months ago

I think this is a pretty good move for Detroit.

4 years 9 months ago

Like the signing. No issues at all. He will play 50 games at C, tops, and maybe 5 at 1B. Really like him as our DH and leaves us open to get one of the other top FA hitters.

4 years 9 months ago

This is a good signing. Now they have enought cash to go after another free agent!

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

OK, let me get this straight…. you are happy that your team is spending $12.5 million for a guy that will mostly be a DH? HUH?

rbeezy
4 years 9 months ago

When you have Mr. I’s money you can do whatever you like, Tigers are going to be contenders next year. Magglio will be back and they’ll sign or trade another arm for the rotation and bullpen.

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

Yeah, having deep pockets helps with fielding a competitive team. I just find it interesting that so few people are bringing up paying $12.5 m for a DH in VMart’s case while there were people all over the place savaging picking up Papi’s $12.5 option that only committed the Red Sox to one year. Go figure…

HHHDMS
4 years 9 months ago

Its a good signing for the Tigers, while the Sox still have Jason Veritek
He will add pop to the Tigers lineup with or without them signing Maglio

rockvssingleparents
4 years 9 months ago

the Orioles couldn’t bump it up a couple million??? If we sign Paul Konerko or Derek Lee I’m going to be furious.

4 years 9 months ago

Konerko’s a great player and a very underrated defender, you’d be lucky to have him.

rockvssingleparents
4 years 9 months ago

Contract year. Other than that he’s been pretty average the last few seasons. He won’t come close to what he did last year, especially if he leaves the Central for the East.

shysox
4 years 9 months ago

Say what you want about contract years. There are players that play out their contract years horribly. A .310 batting average, 40 home runs, 110 runs batted in, a .400 OBP, a .584 SLG and a OPS close to .1000 doesn’t just happen. I have yet to hear of a player that has an MVP-caliber year at age 34, and completely falters for the rest of his career/

4 years 9 months ago

Yeah i agree, though i wonder if the O’s were in it just to force the Tigers to increase their offer. Maybe they didn’t even get a chance to counter. I like V-mart but $50 million would be about the limit I’d give him over 4 years.

4 years 9 months ago

Red Sox offense has just crumpled to the ground. Unless Ortiz decides to start the roids up again.

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

they were one of the best offensives last season with half a AAAA team.

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

they were one of the best offensives last season with half a AAAA team.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 9 months ago

It’s really amazing how a few years ago they had a wicked offense, to literally nothing (outside of Pedroia and Youkillis)

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

Well, Victor might have wanted to come to Detroit because he has friends on the team. It’s also cheaper to live in Detrot than Boston or Chicago. Just ask Curtis Granderson. One of the reasons I loved Damon so much were his comments about Detroit “getting a bad rap.” OMG, I love Victor and he chose Detroit.

Garafraxaguy
4 years 9 months ago

Yeah, like Martinez was having trouble making his rent payments right?

start_wearing_purple
4 years 9 months ago

Detroit also has double the violent crime rate of Boston… hey if we’re gonna factor in economics we might as well factor in crime.

melonis_rex
4 years 9 months ago

Detroit has plenty of economic problems. Of course, you don’t really feel them if you’re living in the suburbs of Detroit, which its obvious all the Tigers players are.

dskirsa
4 years 9 months ago

Yea, what’s up with all these people that assume baseball players are living in the slums of Detroit? Did you guys watch 8 mile and just assume that’s how the entire Detroit area is?

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Vmart is going to live at hooome in a trailerrrrrrr

4 years 9 months ago

“It’s also cheaper to live in Detrot than Boston or Chicago.”

Important point considering he just made 50$ million.

nhsox
4 years 9 months ago

What does that mean? It’s cheaper to live in Detroit regardless of income.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

I think he means with 50 million dollars who really cares.

airohpue13
4 years 9 months ago

With that logic why can it be a deal breaker when one team offers 50 millions but another team is willing to offer 55 million? Rich people don’t like saving money and getting more money?

corey72774
4 years 9 months ago

They freed up alot more than 20 million …Beltre,Martinez,Lowell,Lugo are all off the books…they have all the money they need to get some of the pieces they need …. I think the problem will be finding the players that want to come to Boston. Crawford, IMHO, will end up with the Halos, Werth hopefully signs somewhere else. I think The Sox are going to have to make thier moves in the trade market.

soxfan0928
4 years 9 months ago

I said between Beltre and Vic, they freed up 20mm. Add Lowell and Lugo and they’ve freed up over 40mm.

shysox
4 years 9 months ago

Jason Varitek, $3 million.
Victor Martinez, $7.7 million.
Mike Lowell, $12 million.
Lugo, Wagner, Gonzalez: $10.5 million.
That’s close to $35 million.
Kevin Youkilis, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, and Josh Beckett all get raises in their contract, and they all total $10.525MM. Jacoby Ellsbury is going to arbitration for the first time, Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon as 3rd timers.
Well keeping it simple i think they have a little less then 40 million, maybe 35 million, but that’s just an estimate.

BirdsRule
4 years 9 months ago

At least the O’s made a legit offer, should shut the haters up a bit. V-mart wanted to catch, and he will get more time behind the plate in Detroit than Bmore. Tigers have been busy early this year.