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The Tigers and Victor Martinez finalize their deal

Nov 24, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

Victor Martinez

V-Mart has passed his physical and is now officially a Detroit Tiger. Deep thoughts:

  • I don’t like the “first initial, first few letters of the last name” nickname construction like “V-Mart,” but  I do wish that someone named “Sam Martinez” would become a big star so I could call him S-Mart;
  • If only they had done this two days ago before the Red Sox had offered him arbitration then the Tigers wouldn’t have to give up a first round pick.  Or, I suppose the Sox could have just offered it earlier. Maybe double-secret deals and offers would help us out here;
  • The Tigers may be pretty darn tough in the AL Central next season.  I don’t think they’ll stay tough over the length of Martinez’s contract, but they’ll be good next year.



  1. ditto65 - Nov 24, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Shop smart. Shop S-Mart.

  2. abisamra20 - Nov 24, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Hey Craig,

    Regarding point number two- Any arbitration eligible player signed before December 1 automatically nets the team losing the player a draft pick(s), regardless of whether or not they were offered arbitration by their original team. Rules outlined here:

  3. derpdederpdederp - Nov 25, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    what the red sox could have gotten the past 2 years: teixeira, v-mart, bay
    what they got: smoltz, penny, cameron

    if beltre leaves and a couple big bats (werth perhaps?) are not added to compensate for the loss of beltre and v-mart theo epstein has outlasted his usefulness as GM. have you ever seen a team with money to spend liek the red sox have shy away from making legitimate improvements to their team? time for theo to go

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