Detroit Tigers‘ 1B/DH Victor Martinez is due to be a free-agent following this season, and according to Bruce Levine, a new team has jumped into the sweepstakes for the 5 time All-Star:
MLB source-White Sox will be players in Tigers Victor Martinez free agent derby this fall.Story @670TheScore
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) August 30, 2014
With the departure of Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn following this season, Chicago will be left without an everyday designated hitter. Stealing Martinez from division-rival Detroit would be a win-win for the rebuilding White Sox.
Chicago certainly won’t be the only club interested in the services of Mr. Martinez, who has enjoyed an breakout 2014 campaign. Always a solid middle-of-the-order producer, Martinez has elevated his game to another level this year with Detroit, and might be in the discussion for AL MVP honors when everything is said and done. He looks to be in line for a nice raise, no matter which team he ends up with.
This season, Martinez owns a stupendous slash line of .328/.395/.553, to go along with 26 home runs, and 85 RBI. The 35-year-old has struck out just 38 times in 461 ABs. The White Sox appear to be several pieces away from contending, but adding Martinez to a lineup that’s already inhabited by Jose Abreu would be quite a start.