The Detroit Tigers made a critical move Wednesday, locking up DH Victor Martinez to a four-year deal, thereby keeping their cleanup hitter in the lineup. Where else should Dave Dombrowski be looking to upgrade as the offseason swings into full gear?
That’s part of our latest Roundtable discussion:
1. Victor’s back. Are you okay with the Tigers giving him a fourth-year and probably overpaying to keep him around?
Max DeMara: The Tigers had to keep Martinez around. Without him, the offense would look even worse and more inconsistent in 2015 than it did last season at times. Arguably, he was what carried Detroit through those critical months when Miguel Cabrera was not feeling well. With other 36 year-old players, you worry about a four-year deal, but Martinez seems like the type of person who could actually contribute value in the third and fourth year. He’s that special of a talent and competitor, and has shown no signs of slowing down. Plus, considering many felt Martinez would get nearly $80 million in a market void of an impact bat, $68 million might be a discount for Detroit.
Andrew Tomlinson: World Series Champions. Those are the only three words that will make this deal palatable. When I criticized the Mets’ deal with Michael Cuddyer to a friend he said, “the Mets have to win sometime this century.” This same friend criticized the V-Mart deal, but in reality they are both deals that came out of the same necessity: winning now. The Tigers only have a few years left to take a real run at a World Series. If Victor Martinez can help the team deliver that championship, then it is easy to deal with the fourth year on the deal.
Chris Burke: I have no issues with this deal at all. The Tigers are going to have to address their payroll at some point before 2018 anyhow, so may as well load up. And I mentioned this on Twitter (@DTownSportsSite), but I’m just as confident that Martinez will still be raking as a full-time DH come 2018 as that Miguel Cabrera will still be healthy and of MVP caliber. Detroit could not allow Martinez to leave.
2. What’s the next move that has to be made? Is it another look at the bullpen, someone in the outfield or something else altogether? Continue reading