Report: V-Mart off the market
Ignacio Serrano, a reporter for Venezuela’s El Nacional, reported this morning that Victor Martinez is closing in on a four-year, $50 million contract with the Tigers.
According to Serrano, the Tigers outbid the Red Sox, White Sox and Orioles, who reportedly offered V-Mart four years at $48 million. Martinez would have been a great acquisition for the O’s given his power at the plate, versatility (they could have used him at first base, DH and to backup catcher Matt Wieters) and veteran experience.
This report should at least show some restless fans that the Orioles are making offers, even if most of them stay out of the media until after the fact. Martinez was a good fit but there were also indications that he wanted to catch full-time, which wouldn’t have been possible in Baltimore. Yes, the O’s were outbid. But their offer was hardly an arbitrary one.
Now the O’s must turn their attention elsewhere in filling a sorely-needed corner infield power bat, a list that includes Adrian Beltre, Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, Adam LaRoche, and Carlos Pena, should they choose to go the free agent route.