What do Victor Martinez and Franklin D. Roosevelt have in common? They both have themselves new deals.
The Detroit Tigers and DH Victor Martinez have reportedly agreed to a contract, per multiple reports including one by USA Today.
Reports by Enrique Rojas of ESPN suggest the contract is in vicinity of 70 million dollars:
In his three seasons in Detroit, Martinez hit .321 with 58 homers and 298 RBI’s. His 2014 season was one for the books, and earned him an AL MVP nomination.
2014 Stats: 32 HR, 103 RBI, .335 BA
Tigers GM David Dombrowski said on Tuesday that re-signing Martinez was his main priority, and it looks as though the deal is done. Martinez turns 36 next month, meaning the contract will keep him around until he’s 40. Martinez’s original contract with Detroit was 4 years/ 50 million, which was signed prior to the 2011 season.
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His new deal is colossal in comparison to his old one, and to be entirely honest, this worries me a bit. Yes, Victor Martinez has carried the Tigers to victory too many times to count. There are days when he puts on shows that can only make crowds watch in amazement. But can he keep it up?
The fact that he’s strictly a DH helps, but it seems highly unlikely these numbers continue. I sure hope I’m wrong, but he’s still a human, or at least I think he is. The club had no choice but to sign him back as it’d be incredibly difficult to fill the void he’d leave. But for this type of money, it makes me sweat a bit.
What are you thoughts? Was it the right move?