V-Mart to Tigers: 4yr/$50M
Aka the Catching Thread!
Posted 23 November 2010 - 01:26 PM
Posted 23 November 2010 - 02:09 PM
I would guess "not a whole lot."
I am surprised this happened before Thanksgiving, though. Most of the big free agent signings in recent years seem to have happened later. Martinez was in a pretty good position to sit back and make teams bid for his services.
The Tigers have a shitload of money to spend. I wonder if they just made their best offer to Martinez right off the bat and put the pressure on him to commit so they could move on to bigger targets with a known budget.
Cliff Lee, welcome to the Motor City. You will find that most of the people wish they were dead. But hey, if you ever need a new carburetor...
Posted 23 November 2010 - 03:23 PM
This post has been edited by Manny's PS2: 23 November 2010 - 03:24 PM
Posted 23 November 2010 - 06:28 PM
They better have a ****ing plan.
This post has been edited by The Ghost of Ned Martin: 23 November 2010 - 06:29 PM
Posted 23 November 2010 - 06:55 PM
I don't think it seems very clear at all. Martinez was a free agent and had the option of signing anywhere, for whatever money he was offered, and there is a definite possibility that he preferred Detroit. The atmosphere in the Tigers clubhouse, media-wise, is quite different than it is in Boston and he has spent most of his career in the AL Central. He is also going to a team that has Miguel Cabrera, along with several other talented players. MAYBE the Red Sox could have kept him. But maybe not.
Posted 23 November 2010 - 07:05 PM
Really? You think he preferred playing in Detroit? His comments at the end of the season were absolutely clear; he wanted to stay here. If it turns out the Tigers offer was significantly more than the Sox then that is one thing. It seems to me that the Sox ridiculous two year offer last season signaled their lack of interest in signing him. This is a huge mistake in my opinion. There are no viable options to replace him.
Posted 24 November 2010 - 10:46 AM
Yeah, but every impending free agent says that. "Oh, i love it here. I want to finish my career here" and then 2 weeks later they're being introduced at a press conference in another city.
I don't doubt that the Tigers offer was substantially better than the Red Sox offer, and I don't fault Martinez for taking it. I put as much confidence in an athlete saying "I want to stay here" as I do when one says "it's not about the money."
I've read where Martinez has said he is interested in being a full-time catcher and was miffed that the Red Sox were easing him toward 1b/DH. Fine. But the article about him signing with the Tigers says the tigers see him as a full-time DH (in a pitchers park no less). Whatever. $50 million goes a long way to sooth hurt feelings.
Posted 24 November 2010 - 05:48 PM
I would agree with you IF Martinez was really able to stay at catcher. Seems to me like the Sox used this past season to assess that and determined that he wasn't. From what we're hearing out of Detroit, seems they feel the same.