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Red Sox offered Victor Martinez $36 million for three years or $42 million for four years

Nov 23, 2010, 2:22 PM EST

Terry Francona, Victor Martinez, David Ortiz

Victor Martinez’s four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers is all but official, and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox made a pair of offers to Martinez that he turned down.

One was a three-year deal worth $36 million and the other was a four-year deal worth $42 million. In other words, taking the Tigers’ offer was a no-brainer for the 32-year-old catcher.

As compensation for losing Martinez the Red Sox will receive the Tigers’ first-round pick in next year’s draft, which is No. 19 overall, as well as a supplemental pick between the first and second rounds.

As for how the Red Sox will replace Martinez behind the plate next season, Matthew Pouliot has a post breaking down all the possibilities.

  1. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Nov 23, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Guess they really believe in Salty.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Nov 23, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    My guess is they make a serious play for Russell Martin.

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 23, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    If the Red Sox don’t resign Beltre that’s a lot of offense they will be losing in one off season. They better hope they can sign Crawford, Werth or trade for Adrian Gonzalez and hope that Ortiz doesn’t get off to the same start in 2011 season that he did in 2010.

  4. pisano - Nov 23, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    The Sox will miss his bat , but he wasn’t much behind the plate . I still say the sleeper of the free agent catchers was John Buck . With that being said , he’s already been snapped up for very little money . Knowing the Sox they’ll come up with someone respectable .

    • Glenn - Nov 23, 2010 at 3:34 PM

      Three years for $18 million is hardly cheap and that kind of money removes Buck from any sleeper designation. I don’t know what the answer is for the Sox, but Buck and Martinez seemed to have gotten way more than they are worth. The free agent bats are also priced pretty high. It is comforting to remember that last season, the Red Sox led baseball in offense before all of the injuries.

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