Victor Martinez rejects qualifying offer from Tigers

Designated hitter Victor Martinez has rejected the $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Detroit Tigers, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.

Earlier, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Seattle Mariners are making it a priority to pursue designated hitter Victor Martinez in an effort to improve the club’s offense. The Tigers and Martinez also have mutual interest.

Victor Martinez, who’ll turn 36 in December, registered a .335/.409/.567 batting line with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs in 151 games with the Detroit Tigers.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports believes that Martinez will remain a full time DH and get $80 million over four years. Heyman also enlisted an unnamed GM (4 years, $78 million) and agent (4 years, $70 million) to make their contract predictions for MLB’s top 50 free agents, and they both agree V-Mart will get the 4-year deal.

Heyman’s other contract predictions for Tigers free agents, with their top 50 ranking:

SP Max Scherzer: 7 years, $175 million (No. 1).

OF Torii Hunter: 1 year, $15 million (No. 34).

More to come from On-Base Talk.

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