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Peter Gammons: Red Sox unlikely to re-sign Victor Martinez

Nov 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

Terry Francona, Victor Martinez, David Ortiz

During a recent Boston radio appearance Peter Gammons predicted that the Red Sox will not re-sign Victor Martinez and speculated that the switch-hitting catcher will end up signing with the Tigers as a free agent this offseason.

Gammons speculated that Detroit will give Martinez a four- or five-year contract, adding: “I don’t think anybody else is going to give him four or five years to be a catcher.”

And they shouldn’t. Martinez is a very good hitter, batting .300 with an OPS above .840 in five of the past six seasons, but he’s also 32 years old, has never been considered particularly good behind the plate, and has thrown out just 19 percent of stolen base attempts in the past two seasons. His odds of being a catcher in 2013 or 2014 seem pretty slim, and while his hitting is very good it’s hardly elite for a first baseman or designated hitter.

Martinez is a Type A free agent, so in order to sign him the Tigers would lose their first-round pick, which is 19th overall. Anything in the top 15 picks is protected and would involve Boston receiving a second-round pick instead, so if they’re going to lose Martinez as a free agent his landing in Detroit would be one of the better scenarios.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 1, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    I can see the Jays tring to sign him to play first base (plus occasional DH) and to be an emergency catcher.

    Obviously he knows Toronto’s new manager.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 1, 2010 at 3:40 PM

      Sorry about the typo. I forgot to use my spell check.

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