Mariners Expected to go After Victor Martinez
It isn’t a shocker that the Seattle Mariners are expected to go after Detroit Tigers catcher Victor Martinez in free agency, right?
Martinez is one of the best pure hitters in MLB and he’d fit right in as a designated hitter batting behind Robinson Cano and in front of Kyle Seager. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has already made public comments that he considers adding a power bat as the greatest offseason need.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has already stated that he expects two, TWO power bats to be added before next season starts. I guess it’s good to ask for two, that way it’s expected for his GM to at least accommodate him with one, if anything.
Victor Martinez batted .335/.409/.565 in 151 games with 32 home runs and 103 RBI. Those totals would have led the Mariners and surely would have sent them to the playoffs had one of the current players contributed them to the already improved offense.
The Tigers will surely try to retain their free agent but as we saw with Robinson Cano, talented players can be lured away to the Pacific Northwest, for the right price of course.
What that price might be is unclear. But we already know that payroll will be increasing next season thanks to the improved attendance at Safeco Field. A contract somewhere near 3-years and $45 million just might do the trick, and add even more butts in the seats for next year.