According to FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal, Victor Martinez will be the first big winner in the 2014-2015 free agent sweepstakes. And the man called “V-Mart” doesn’t even have to leave town.
Detroit Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski said last week that signing V-Mart was a “priority”. It appears he meant it. Rosenthall reported that the two sides are close to a new four-year agreement.
Rumors have the deal set for as much as $80MM. Martinez will reportedly average $17MM over the life of the contract ($68MM in total).
Martinez first signed a four-year deal with the Tigers in 2010. After injuries derailed his 2012 season and affected the start of the 2013 season, the Tigers’ DH had a monster 2014 campaign. The switch-hitter posted career highs in batting average (.335), home runs (32), hits (188), on-base percentage (.409), sluggung percentage (.565) and OPS (974). The latter two numbers were tops in the American League and Martinez also drove in 103 runs.
The former full-time catcher spent the first seven-plus seasons with the Cleveland Indians before he was dealt to the Boston Red Sox during the 2009 season. He spent the following season with Boston before departing for the Tigers prior to the 2011 season.
Martinez was the Tigers primary DH, and spelled Miguel Cabrera at first base for 35 games.