Victor Martinez Out For Season With Torn ACL

January 30th: Martinez had "microfracture surgery and repairs to both the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee on Friday," announced the Tigers.  The Tigers expect him to have ACL reconstruction surgery in about six-to-eight weeks, which will sideline him for all of 2012.  After losing Martinez, the Tigers moved quickly to sign Prince Fielder to a nine-year deal.

January 17th: Catcher/designated hitter Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during his off-season conditioning last week, according to the Tigers.  Surgery is anticipated, which the Tigers say would cost Martinez the 2012 season.

The Tigers are holding a conference call in about a half hour, at which point we should hear about their plans to replace Martinez after the unfortunate injury.


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266 Comments on "Victor Martinez Out For Season With Torn ACL"


3 years 7 months ago

paging Vlad Guerrero?

wrestlingcritic
3 years 7 months ago

a possibility i suppose

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

Gross.

Victor Kipp
3 years 7 months ago

Carlos Pena makes the most sense.  He plays great D and Cabrera does not. Pena can be the 1st baseman and Cabrera can DH against righties playing 1st against lefties.

Jay
3 years 7 months ago

Clearly you do NOT watch the Tigers. The proof is your asinine statement that Cabrera doesn’t play good D, which is false. Cabby’s D has been getting better and better each season, and he’s made some fantastic plays very routinely. He may have been a lousy third-baseman, but that’s not the case with his first-base play.

RestoreTheRoar
3 years 7 months ago

I feel the same way…his FPCT was just .002 less than Pena’s, and his range factor was actually higher.

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

But how good is he at the most important aspect of 1B defense–receiving throws and saving bad ones from going by him?

RestoreTheRoar
3 years 7 months ago

He’s not the best, but he’s not the worst either.

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

Pena is seen as a pretty good guy on that front. I’ve sen him save quite a few throws. Since this is the biggest thing a 1B deals with defensively, I’d rather have the superior receiver than a minute increase in range.

Tigers94
3 years 7 months ago

The Tigers would never DH Cabrera just for 1 year for a guy not much a better defender than him

RestoreTheRoar
3 years 7 months ago

Cabby had 5 more errors than Pena with 300 more plays on the season. On top of that, Miguel hits closer to 300 when he DH’s vs 330 when he plays 1B.

playedthegame
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe so, but i’d rather .330 to .190….

bjsguess
3 years 7 months ago

Improving is the not the same as being good.

Still was 4 runs below average last year … and that was his good year. Cabrera is a subpar fielding 1st baseman. Fact is nobody cares because his bat is so freaking amazing.

Jason_F
3 years 7 months ago

It’s really not much of a stretch to say that Cabrera is not a good defender.  I think your opinion is more a product of seeing Cabrera far more than any other first baseman rather than being based on actual comparison.  Players like Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Teixeira and Derek Lee are excellent defensive first baseman.  Cabrera may have improved over the course of time, but a good defender he is not.  He is obviously slow and, like the poster below stated, he does not excel at saving bad throws.  Cabrera is a great player, don’t get me wrong, but let’s not pretend that defense is one of his specialties.

For what it’s worth, his four year UZR/150 (a significant sample size) ranks as the 5th worst figure among players with 2500 innings played at first base.

3 years 7 months ago

People forget that Cabrera was a SS in the minors.  A shortstop.

Jason_F
3 years 7 months ago

…and people like you neglect to mention that he has put on at least 55 pounds and wasn’t a good shortstop or third baseman to begin with.  This isn’t the gold glove voting, guys, offense doesn’t beget good defense.

Marktown
3 years 7 months ago

Are you sure that SS is a shortstop?

playedthegame
3 years 7 months ago

Are you sure you didn’t mean “BACKSTOP”?  Sorry, couldn’t pass it up…

Thomas Wilson
3 years 7 months ago

Seth Smith for Turner

Ohiowa
3 years 7 months ago

Seth Smith is already gone….

Thomas Wilson
3 years 7 months ago

oh it would be Beane on that trade, DOD hates Smith, realistically Manny would be an interesting DH replacement

Devern Hansack
3 years 7 months ago

It was always Johnny Damon’s dream to do a second stint for the Detroit Tigers.

canteenboy
3 years 7 months ago

Jacob Turner to the Jays for Adam Lind and one of Bret Cecil or Kyle Drabek

Redsoxn8tion
3 years 7 months ago

That’s horrible news. V-Mart is an awesome player. Best of luck to him in his recovery.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 7 months ago

wow!

MadmanTX
3 years 7 months ago

Sorry for V-Mart and sorry for the Tigers. That sounds like a freaky injury.

danorage
3 years 7 months ago

That is a huge bummer! let’s go Damon!

wrestlingcritic
3 years 7 months ago

o hell no not again

3 years 7 months ago

That’s aweful. He was so huge for Detroit. I hope his recovery goes well.

$3513744
3 years 7 months ago

That sux.  Glad I traded him from my fantasy team.

Jason Klinger
3 years 7 months ago

Nobody cares about anyone’s fantasy team.

$3513744
3 years 7 months ago

No, it doesn’t sound like it.  You be sure to let everyone know that.

Liam Gallagher
3 years 7 months ago

Carlos Pena!

wrestlingcritic
3 years 7 months ago

a possibility…

Dan Bacon
3 years 7 months ago

OMG We’re screwed!

95isOver
3 years 7 months ago

Hey Tigers…we have this guy, Olivo…he’s a catcher and he hit like 20 homers last season!  Yeah he sucked at everything else, but you’re in no position to to complain.  So what do you say?! 

mmwatkin
3 years 7 months ago

Tigers have Alex Avila as their catcher. Gerald Laird is the backup

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

No. No. No. No. NO!

dashatt
3 years 7 months ago

You know you want him and it will only cost you is a bag of balls and some chewing gum.

3 years 7 months ago

Miguel Olivo to Detroit 

Marktown
3 years 7 months ago

Uh oh, Spaghetti-o’s!!!

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

enter cespedes

Pawsdeep
3 years 7 months ago

That’s exactly what I thought. Either that or a possible return of Damon or Mags for a year. Detroit is going to need to replace that bat if they have any serious thought of winning the division

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

they’re still the favorites for that division, but they need to prepare for a deep playoff run

i don’t know how close they are to their spending limit, but sliding delmon to DH for the year and giving the job to cespedes seems like a viable solution. that way delmon can’t hurt them in the field and who knows maybe hitting full-time will help his discipline

for detroit’s sake, i hope they don’t panic and pull the trigger on a lopsided garza trade

tennlions
3 years 7 months ago

There was a plan to make a serious run at Cespedes anyway. Move DY to the DH spot. Now the batting order is another matter.

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

You realize he has like 4 hits in the Dominican league. He is more likely going to be a bust

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

i have never been into cespedes, but i wouldn’t dare try to use a performance sample like that one against him

Pawsdeep
3 years 7 months ago

(expletive deleted)!

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

WHAT?!?! NOOOOO

3 years 7 months ago

Sorry to hear about V Mart .. he is all class individual as well as a ball player..Speedy recovery Victor!! We miss you in Boston

3 years 7 months ago

Go get Prince.

3 years 7 months ago

You can’t sign Fielder to a massive 6 year deal just because V-Mart will be out for one year.

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

Yes you can. Give Prince seven years with an opt out after 3. Place him at DH for this year. Tell Cabrera he has a year and a half to lose 30lbs. Put him at third for 2013, Prince at 1st, and V-Mart at DH. Money is the only (large) factor.

3 years 7 months ago

You want Miggy playing 3B? That would leave opportunities galore open to opposing teams.
Plus, the Tigers would have to convince Fielder to be a DH (even for a year).

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

It’s not as crazy as you make it sound. Prince could DH for one year with a guarentee of being at first for a while. Cabrera has played third before and if he loses 30 lbs. in the next 1.5 years, he should be fine.

3 years 7 months ago

The only problem with that is that Fielder would never sign in Detroit as he hates his dad and well, we all know Cecil around these parts..

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

That makes no sense. Do you have a quote or are you just speculating?

RestoreTheRoar
3 years 7 months ago

He definitely hates his dad, and I also think that would prevent him from wanting to come back. 

I mean, they did cross promotions all over town when he was a kid. I think he would prefer to avoid always being compared to pops..but thats just speculation on my part.

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t think that’s a factor.

RestoreTheRoar
3 years 7 months ago

Opinions are always welcome :)…I just think a guy that gets angry when you ask him about his Dad would likely avoid a town that worshipped the guy.

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

That’s the past. I never hear about Cecil.

RestoreTheRoar
3 years 7 months ago

Jason Beck just tweeted this exact point btw…comparisons to his Cecil would come uup

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

I’m just saying that it won’t be that big of a factor when looking at everything els.e

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

I’m just saying that it won’t be that big of a factor when looking at everything els.e

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

I’m just saying that it won’t be that big of a factor when looking at everything els.e

Jay
3 years 7 months ago

Big Cecil started out in Toronto, and he’s not opposed to going there. Your logic is not logical.

jigokusabre
3 years 7 months ago

Cecil never led the Tigers to the playoffs. A Miggy/Prince tandem (or Mart/Miggy/Prince core) could take the Tigers to the World Series.

Guess who the Tigers fans worship then.

verlander
3 years 7 months ago

I doubt losing 30 lb. will turn Cabrera into a good defender at third.

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

We don’t need good. We just need servicable.

verlander
3 years 7 months ago

Look, I love Cabrera, but he’s not serviceable at third either. 

Over his career, Cabrera has a -10.9 UZR rating. UZR/150 has him at -4.5 for his career.  

The only defensive position where he’s at least tolerable is 1B—and he’s not a very good defensive 1B either.

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

Is there a stat that can show how one players offense can compare to anothers offense? What I’m getting at is if Fielders offense could make Cabrera’s defense tolerable.

verlander
3 years 7 months ago

Cabrera is the superior player, both on offense and defensively at 1B. I doubt Prince’s offense could offset the disaster Cabrera would be at third.

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

Seriously miggy at 3rd? There is a reason why he was moved to 1st him and prince would cause
More errors than their bats could make up for

Eric Cedo
3 years 7 months ago

Says who? There’s no salary cap in baseball and V-Mart has pretty much exclusively been a DH for the Tigers and even more so now when he comes back from being off for a year from a torn ACL. Fielder could come in and be a HUGE bat for the Tigers and a decent glove addition as well.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

Not saying the Tigers are in trouble now but this guy is one hell of a piece to their team. Good luck to V-Mart and the Tigers in trying to get over this hurdle.

philpbarnes
3 years 7 months ago

Oh man, that sucks. Get well soon v-mart! 

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

This division just got a whole lot closer.

haymaker9
3 years 7 months ago

My thoughts as well.  BEFORE the V-Mart news, I was envisioning the Tigers running away with the division this year and the Royals as a surprise 2nd place finisher.  AFTER this, I’m wondering how close Kansas City could get if they were to sign Oswalt or E-Jax.  

vtadave
3 years 7 months ago

Check this out and let me know  if you think they could get close:

Oswalt / Jackson
Hochevar
Sanchez
Chen
Paulino/Duffy

3 years 7 months ago

No. Maybe in a couple of years.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t like the Royals pitcing but their young offense could make things interesting. I still see the Tigers winning the division though… just not by 10 or so games.