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Victor Martinez | First Baseman

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
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Victor Martinez (knee) is confident that he will be ready in time for Opening Day.
Martinez is recovering from offseason meniscus surgery in his left knee, but said he should require only two weeks' worth of at-bats to get ready. The slugger led the league in OPS at .974 and in on-base percentage at .407 last season while batting .335 with 103 RBI while cranking out a career-high 32 home runs. Mar 3 - 8:58 AM

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Victor Martinez (knee) ran on the anti-gravity treadmill and took 30 swings off a tee from both sides of the plate on Monday.

Martinez arrived at Tigers' camp on Monday morning and didn't waste any time doing his first workout. The veteran slugger underwent surgery on February 10 to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and will have a late start in spring training, but the Tigers are confident he'll get enough at-bats to be ready for the season.
Mar 2 - 4:12 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) has arrived at Tigers camp.

And he's expected to go through his first spring workout Monday morning. Martinez needed surgery on February 10 to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and probably won't get into Grapefruit League games for at least two weeks. The veteran designated hitter is not certain to be ready for the opening of the 2015 regular season, though the Tigers are saying for now that he will be a go.
Mar 2 - 8:59 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) is scheduled to arrive to Tigers spring training camp on Monday.

He's currently recovering from surgery earlier in the month to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee, but could still be ready for the start of the regular season. Martinez indicated that he may swing a bat and take soft toss as early as Monday.
Feb 28 - 9:43 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that Victor Martinez (knee) is "a week out, right around there" from reporting to spring training.

Martinez underwent surgery earlier this month to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and has been working out on his own away from camp. He's on pace to be ready around mid-March or slightly after, which means that he should have plenty of time to get at-bats before Opening Day.
Feb 24 - 9:32 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) will continue working out on his own away from Tigers' camp when the club begins full-squad workouts next week.

Martinez underwent surgery last week to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee. The expectation is that he'll resume full activity by around mid-March or slightly after, so he should be ready for Opening Day if there are no setbacks.
Feb 18 - 3:49 PM

Victor Martinez underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee.

There was some concern that V-Mart could need more rehab time due to his past knee issues, but the expectation is that he'll resume full activity in 4-6 weeks. If all goes well, he should be ready for the season. "We are very happy the surgery went well and that Victor will be ready to compete for the start of the 2015 season," said Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski. The Tigers, their fans, and fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
Feb 10 - 2:59 PM

The typical recovery timetable for the type of procedure Victor Martinez likely needs on his left knee is 4-6 weeks.

That's assuming he needs a partial meniscectomy rather than a reattachment. Given Martinez's age and previous knee issues, specialist Dr. Victor Khabie told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he thinks the rehab could be closer to 6-8 weeks. If Martinez needs a reattachment procedure he would be sidelined for months, but it's unlikely the surgery will be that invasive. A clearer picture of V-Mart's timetable will be known after Dr. James Andrews performs the operation on February 10. Even in a best-case scenario, his status for Opening Day is likely up in the air.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Feb 5 - 8:17 PM

Victor Martinez tore the medial meniscus in his left knee last week during an offseason workout and is scheduled to undergo surgery on February 10.

Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure. It's not all that serious as far as knee injuries go, but the timing is obviously quite poor with major league camps due to open in two weeks. V-Mart has to be considered questionable for the start of the 2015 regular season and the Tigers might no longer risk trying the 36-year-old slugger at positions other than DH. Martinez was re-signed to a four-year, $68 million free agent contract back in mid-November.
Feb 5 - 2:06 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said this week that Victor Martinez could catch some early on in the season if Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is ready by Opening Day.

The Tigers play the Pirates on April 13-15 in Pittsburgh, meaning the designated hitter won't be available to use. "If Miggy's available, then Victor would be an option at catcher," Ausmus said. If Cabrera's recovery drags into the regular season, V-Mart would be used at first base. Obviously it could potentially be big news for Martinez's fantasy value if you're in a league that only requires only a minimal amount of playing time at a position to gain eligibility.
Jan 30 - 2:48 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 01:43:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 05:08:00 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.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 04:19:00 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.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 04:24:00 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.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 11:00:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
3Josh Wilson
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Casper Wells
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Wynton Bernard
4Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
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S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Joel Hanrahan
7Tom Gorzelanny
8Blaine Hardy
9Alex Wilson
10Josh Zeid
11Kyle Ryan
12Alberto Cabrera
13Angel Nesbitt
14Rafael Dolis