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Victor Martinez | Designated Hitter

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Tigers re-signed DH Victor Martinez to a four-year, $68 million contract.
The deal was reported on Wednesday and has now been officially announced. It's a lot of money to pay a soon-to-be 36-year-old designated hitter, but the Tigers are in win-now mode and V-Mart should remain a terrific hitter for at least another year or two. He batted .335/.409/.565 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 151 games in 2014, finishing runner-up to Mike Trout in the AL MVP voting. Nov 14 - 1:43 PM

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Tigers have reached a new four-year deal with Victor Martinez.

It's worth $17 million per year, or $68 million total. That's a huge chunk of change (and quite a lengthy commitment) for a designated hitter who will turn 36 years old this winter, but the Tigers are more worried about 2015 than they are 2018. Martinez was one of the best hitters in baseball in 2014, slashing .335/.409/.565 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 151 games. He should again be a fantasy stud next season as Detroit's cleanup man.
Nov 12 - 5:08 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers are close to a four-year deal with Victor Martinez.

That's quite a lengthy commitment for a designated hitter who's in his late-30s, but Martinez showed in 2014 that he is far from finished, batting .335/.409/.565 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 151 games. V-Mart will turn 36 years old in late December. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes says the new contract is worth around $70 million.
Nov 12 - 4:19 PM

Victor Martinez has rejected the one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Tigers.

The qualifying offer was just a formality, as V-Mart was always expected to decline and test the free agent market. The 35-year-old is coming off the best offensive season of his career and is reportedly seeking a four-year deal. The Tigers would love to keep him, but they figure to have competition from the Mariners and others.
Nov 10 - 4:24 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Victor Martinez is believed to be the Mariners top priority on the free agent market.

The 35-year-old is coming off the finest offensive season of his career and is looking to secure a four-year deal this winter. While there is mutual interest in a return to the Tigers, the Mariners have enough money and enough of a need to make things interesting.
Nov 9 - 11:00 PM

Tigers extended a one-year qualifying offer to DH Victor Martinez.

He'll decline it, but both sides are interested in working out a deal. Martinez is reportedly looking for a four-year pact after batting .335/.409/.565 with 32 homers and 103 RBI this season.
Oct 31 - 2:34 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that impending free agent Victor Martinez will be looking for a four-year contract this winter.

Martinez will turn 36 in December, but you can hardly blame him for shooting for a four-year deal after he batted .335/.409/.565 with 32 homers and 103 RBI this season. The Tigers would love to keep him, but they could balk at giving him another four-year pact. Regardless, V-Mart will be in high demand this offseason with offense down across baseball.
Oct 24 - 3:55 PM

Victor Martinez scored the Tigers lone run on Sunday as they fell to the Orioles in Game 3 of the ALDS and were eliminated from postseason play.

Martinez, who was the team's best hitter during the regular season, led off the ninth inning with a double off O's closer Zach Britton and came around to score on a double by J.D. Martinez. Unfortunately, that would be the extent of their rally. Set to hit free agency this winter, the Tigers will undoubtedly be willing to pay whatever it takes to keep the veteran slugger in the middle of their lineup.
Oct 5 - 8:00 PM

Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Thursday's 4-2 win against the Twins.

Martinez got started quickly, putting the Tigers up 2-0 with his two-run home run off of Trevor May in the first inning. It was his first homer in nearly two weeks. He's putting the finishing touches on a spectacular season, currently sitting on 32 long balls with 102 RBI and a .337/.410/.571 slash line.
Sep 25 - 10:23 PM

Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 and belted his 30th home run of the season on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Giants.

The 35-year-old continues to defy age and amass tremendous statistics in what is turning out to be an MVP-type season for the Tigers. He's now slashing .336/.406/.575 with 30 homers and 94 RBI.
Sep 6 - 4:20 PM

Victor Martinez slugged his 29th home run of the season, part of a seven-run 11th inning in Thursday's victory over the Indians.

Martinez finished 1-for-3 with the homer and three walks on the evening. He has hit safely in all four September games and in 12 of his last 13. Along with the 29 home runs, the veteran has 93 RBI and a .332/.404/.569 slash line.
Sep 4 - 11:44 PM

Victor Martinez went 3-for-5 with a double in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

Martinez has hit safely in 10 out of his last 11 games, raising his average up to .332, but he remains eight points behind Jose Altuve for the AL batting title lead. Martinez scored the only run the Tigers pushed across in the first eight innings, crossing home on Alex Avila's bases-loaded walk in the second inning. Martinez has a .332/.402/.566 slash line with 28 home runs and 90 RBI.
Sep 2 - 11:14 PM

Victor Martinez hit a home run and a double on Monday.

Martinez hit his two-run home run off of Corey Kluber in the third. In addition to the two hits, Martinez scored twice, walked twice and drove in two. The home run was his 28th of the year, and put him up to 90 RBI (four shy of teammate Miguel Cabrera). He's slashing a superb .329/.400/.563 as he attempts to help lead the Tigers to the promised land.
Sep 1 - 9:00 PM

Victor Martinez blasted his 27th home run of the season, but it wasn't enough to overcome the White Sox in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

Martinez tagged Chris Sale with a two-run blast in the first inning, and also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4. He's in the midst of his finest season as a professional, slashing a stellar .329/.395/.559 with 27 bombs and 87 RBI.
Aug 30 - 4:31 PM

Victor Martinez set a new career-high with 26 home runs after taking Shane Greene deep in the sixth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

The 35-year-old DH is having the best offensive season of his career and seems rather likely to eclipse the 30-homer echelon as well. Martinez finished 1-for-3 on the evening with a walk. Along with the 26 home runs, Martinez has knocked in 85 runs and posted a great .327/.396/.555 slash line.
Aug 27 - 10:56 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Wynton Bernard
4Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Joel Hanrahan
6Bruce Rondon
7Alex Wilson
8Blaine Hardy
9Josh Zeid
10Kyle Ryan
11Buck Farmer
12Luke Putkonen
13Angel Nesbitt