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The Red Sox originally offered Victor Martinez two years and $21 million

Nov 20, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

Victor Martinez swinging

Remember back in September when we heard that the Red Sox offered Victor Martinez a two-year contract extension?

Even then we knew it wouldn’t get the job done, but now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the specifics. He reports that the BoSox offered him $21 million over the two years. It’s unclear if they expanded their offer since then.

Martinez is one of the most coveted free agents available this winter, so they’ll almost certainly need to do so if they hope to have any chance of keeping him. Cafardo writes that the Tigers and Rangers “have been the most interested,” but that the Mariners and Orioles are also in the mix.

All hypothetical, of course, but if given the choice to keep either Adrian Beltre or Martinez, I’d go with Beltre. Martinez turns 32 years old in December and has never been particularly good behind the plate. His offensive production looks great for a catcher, but less so as a DH or first baseman, where he’ll likely spend more time as he reaches his mid-30s. I would be very nervous if Jarrod Saltalamacchia opened the season as the team’s primary catcher, but the Red Sox could add an inexpensive veteran in the free agent market and still have the option to upgrade during the season.

  1. xpensivewinos - Nov 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Did Martinez go to Notre Dame, because I simply do not understand the hype machine. This guy is so overrated it’s incredible. Victor Martinez is a classic example of how fantasy baseball distorts the value of a player when fans evaluate real-life value.

    He is a BRUTAL defensive catcher and the next guy he throws out will be his first. The offense he provides as a “catcher” is not worth what a defensive liability he is.

    Shame on the Red Sox and all of their resources for being in this position with regards to their catching, but way over paying for Martinez now on a long-term deal is only going to make matters worse.

    Spend some money to fill some of the other huge holes and work on acquiring a catcher via trade at some point.

    Absolutely insane to spend a bunch of money on this guy…………….uhhhhhhhh, kinda like Seattle did with Beltre after his only other decent year. Please move on, bring in some quality guys who will provide better value for the dollar and let the Tigers, Orioles and some of these other teams get stuck with these guys and the ten of millions they’ll be owed when they’re hitting .210 and riding the bench.

    Just because Martinez might be perceived as better than the other catchers out there is no reason to overspend on him.

    • maniacgirl - Nov 21, 2010 at 4:14 PM

      I’m not sure what baseball games xpensivewinos was watching, but Victor was one of our “best” players this season. We had so many of our players out on the DL Victor came through for us with not only his catching, but also covered first and hit more than his share of not only basehits, but some good slammers as well. I think any Boston Fan who actually watched the games this season would say that Victor Martinez was a real “TEAM PLAYER” and Boston was fortunate to have him wearing their uniform. He is well worth holding onto and I for one would rather see him stay in Boston before looking for someone to add onto the team. GO VICTOR !!!!
      I think SALTAMACCHIA is great also and with the two of them for 2011 we will do well. I myself would love to see JASON VARITEK stay with Boston in an advisory role for our catchers and pitchers. He has knowledge that he has picked up over the years that is invaluable! We have some great TEAM PLAYERS and could make for a real good year in 2011. Looking forward to a fantastic season next year.

  2. frankvzappa - Nov 20, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    theo really screwed the pooch on the catcher situation…thats what happens when you stick by a captain who cant hit or throw anybody out…martinez was a band-aid, but even with the time he bought us, we are still no closer to a long-term solution behind the plate…suckalamacchia was the best they could come up with? come on…

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