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It appears Victor Martinez is headed out of town, as he has reportedly signed a $50 million, 4-year deal. The report came early Tuesday according to Venezuelan reporter Ignacio Serrano. He also said the Tigers outbid the Red Sox, Orioles, and White Sox to enlist Martinez’ services.
According to reports, Baltimore offered four years and $48 million and Chicago offered three years and $48 million. The Red Sox, meanwhile, reportedly made two offers: three years for $36 million or four years for $42 million. Yes, they were likely outbid by everybody.
Last season, the catcher hit .302 while slugging only .493 with 20 home runs. Despite playing some games at first base, Martinez caught 110 games for the Sox, a void that certainly needs to be filled. A major league source also confirmed to WEEI.com that the Red Sox have known since Monday evening that Martinez was likely headed to Detroit.
The Red Sox originally acquired Martinez at the trade deadline in 2009 for pitchers Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, and Bryan Price. In losing him to the Tigers, the Red Sox will receive two compensation draft picks.
During the 2010 season, the Red Sox reportedly offered Martinez a two-year contract:
“They came with something, and that might just be where the negotiations start, but I don’t see myself signing a two-year deal. I’m young enough. I work so hard and I give it all. I just want to be treated fair,” Martinez said. “It wasn’t hard because it was something I wasn’t expecting. I wasn’t expecting a two-year deal, anyway. I wasn’t expecting for them to come to me during the season anyways.”
The move makes sense for Detroit as they now have a middle-of-the-order guy who can switch hit and offer Miguel Cabrera some needed protection. He will also become Detroit’s everyday catcher.