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Report: White Sox expected to target Victor Martinez this offseason

Aug 30, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

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We still have the remainder of the 2014 season to play, but Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago hears from a source that the White Sox will target Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez in free agency this winter.

Adam Dunn‘s contract expires after this season and Paul Konerko is set to retire, so there will be an opening at the DH spot in Chicago. Cots Contracts notes that the White Sox currently have a little over $46 million in salary commitments (not counting raises in arbitration) for next season, so they could afford a big-ticket item, even though they don’t look like contenders in 2015 on the surface. The Tigers figure to make Martinez a qualifying offer at the very least, but assuming the White Sox finish with one of the 10-worst records in the majors (which they currently have), they would only have to surrender a second-round pick to sign him as opposed to a first-rounder.

Martinez turns 36 this winter, but he’s currently enjoying the best season of his 12-year major league career. He entered play this afternoon with a .328/.395/.553 batting line to go along with 26 home runs and 85 RBI and has only struck out 38 times in 522 plate appearances. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com wrote on Twitter earlier today that Martinez could get a contract in line with Carlos Beltran‘s three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees, but it’s easy to imagine him getting more.

  1. moogro - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    He won’t be as good next year, but tons of great at-bats this year.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Well, good comment yet many are thumbing it down.

      Homers or knowledgeable fans?

      He will turn 36 yrs old in Dec so he’s not a spring chicken anymore.

      Let’s look into his stats this season at 35 yrs of age. His OPS+ is 160 right now… that is his CAREER HIGH by a lot actually.

      Funny thing about career highs too is that due to being the career high, they only happen once.

      I doubt, that after his age 23 to age 34 seasons of playing ball and then having his career year at 35 that he’ll be able to actually TOP that in his age 36 season.

      I’m NOT saying he can’t be good or that the White Sox shouldn’t sign him.

      I’m ONLY talking about him not being as good next season as he has been this year.

      The stats and the odds are way against him being as good next season as he was this year.

      Real baseball fans know this though…

  2. campcouch - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Wow,has it been that long?

  3. charlescub80 - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Shouldn’t we go after someone a little younger? I just don’t see anything more than a one or two year deal.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      yes, the White Sox should go after someone younger.

      they are not one player away where a savvy vet like Victor could be the missing piece.

      let younger players get those at bats and reps since it won’t really cost the White Sox much as they aren’t going to contend next year.

      use the money on pitching. Chris Sale is amazing. Continue to improve the staff around him.

  4. papacrick - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Dumbo better not let him go anywhere especially within the division. It’s bad enough they gave away Garcia last year. Don’t need both of them lighting up our crap bullpen for years to come

  5. irishlad19 - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Could he be another Ortiz, getting better as he gets older?

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Could he be you ask?

      Just gotta check his stats…

      From when he broke into the bigs through his age 29 season, his stats were as follows

      .298 BA .832 OPS 120 OPS+

      From his age 30 season through right now, his stats are as follows

      .312 BA .855 OPS 129 OPS+

      Oh, this season he’s having his best year of his career. His OPS+ is currently 160 right now and his previous best was a 134 so he’s way above his best season overall.

      His regular OPS is way above his career average – a career high right now so far (.954% right now, previous best of .912% and that was his only year at or above .900 before this season)

      His slugging is way above his career average – a career high right now so far at .557% His previous bests were .505% and .507% and those were his only 2 seasons at or above .500% slugging

      Hope Miggy trains with Victor if you’re a Tigers fan…

      • xjokerz - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        i hope miggy trains with Vmart?…. LMFAO.

        Vmart couldnt hold miggys jock when it comes to hitting, if ANYTIHNG vmart should have been training with Miggy.

  6. jpat2424 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Nice and old. Right up the Sox alley.

  7. joerymi - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Unless he is unreasonable; and asks for 4-5 years, I doubt he is going anywhere.

    If the White Sox go after anyone, why not Scherzer? Sure it would be a long shot, but Sale and Scherzer would be one of the best 1-2 combos in baseball for at least three/four more years, and the division is fairly weak (especially with the Tigers window rapidly closing).

  8. chicagocane - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    This story is such a PR move. The momentum in Chicago is all about the Cubs right now and how they’ve used this season to at least change their vibe while the Sox got exposed for the mess they are right now.
    The way Detroit is built and how they usually proceed suggests that they’ll probably just re-sign him anyways. Guess what, EVERY team is targeting V-Mart next year! Duh!
    This organization knows this will be enough to make a handful of thickheaded meatball fans to give a positive nod and high five to his pals…goo Sox! Now let’s go beat up another old man coaching first base!!

  9. xjokerz - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    who the balls cares about the OFFSEASON

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