V-Mart Could Own K-Mart

Ken Rosenthal is confirming Ignacio Serrano’s report that Victor Martinez, who will turn 32 next month, has agreed to a four year contract worth $50 million with the Detroit Tigers, pending a physical.

Martinez has been the very model of a modern major (field) general at the catcher position for long stretches of the last seven years.  While there’s little to suggest that this is going to change in the immediate future (he still played 102 games at catcher for the Red Sox this past season), it’s expected that V-Mart will begin taking more and more at bats as the Tigers’ designated hitter as the four year contract goes on.

Martinez’s stellar numbers while playing catcher (4.0 WAR last season) suddenly begin to look rather ordinary as a DH, and verging at almost atrocious as a $12.5 million a year DH.  For my fellow Ontarians, it’s a bit like the hottest chick in Timmins moving to Toronto, while being funded by believers in her beauty.

The signing seems to match the gross amount of dollars that Dave Dombrowsky already wasted on the Tigers’ three year $16.5 million deal for right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit.

In case anyone was still wondering, it appears that the Tigers will be “going for it” this coming season, because God knows they’re not going to be in a position to do so in 2013.

In all seriousness, I think that the Boston Red Sox get the most out of this deal.  If you’ll recall, Boston originally traded Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price to Cleveland for Martinez.  Essentially, the Red Sox now receive the Tigers’ first round, 19th overall pick, in addition to a supplemental round pick, for their three prospects and a year and a half of Martinez.  Not a bad exchange at all.

Comments (5)

  1. For my fellow Ontarians, it’s a bit like the hottest chick in Timmins moving to Toronto, while being funded by believers in her beauty.

    This is why I read Getting Blanked.

  2. Wasn’t Shania Twain from Timmins?

  3. Ruff. Ruff.

  4. I think this is a horrible deal. What’s going on with Dombrowski? These don’t seem like deals he would historically do. Maybe I’m wrong on that.

    The Benoit deal and now this deal are going to be huge albatrosses (albatrae?) in a few years. I’ve always thought Martinez was a bit overrated offensively. He’s an above average hitter only for a catcher…anywhere else and he’s average. He’s also showing signs of decline. His OBP and OPS in 2010 were his lowest since becoming an everyday player (exluding his injury-marred 2008 campaign).

    I just think this is a deal that will blow up in their faces.

    • Yep. It looks like the Tigers are going to go for it now, future be damned. Kind of the opposite of the Jays’ sustainable success plans.

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