It’s a done deal. The Detroit Tigers Friday announced the club has agreed to terms with catcher/designated hitter Victor Martinez on a four-year contract. The deal is reportedly worth $50 million.
Tigers President, CEO and General Manager Dave Dombrowski said during a morning conference call Martinez is expected to be an everday player as a designated hitter, catcher or playing first base.
Martinez said he wants to make the team better.
“I see a great team, a young team,” Martinez said. “I just want to win…I come here because I want to win, I want to win bad.”
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera helped bring Martinez to Detroit, according to Dombrowski who said Cabrera and Martinez talked a couple times before he signed.
Martinez batted .302 with 32 doubles, 20 home runs and 79 RBI in 127 games with the Boston Red Sox last season.
“We are thrilled to add a premier hitter like Victor Martinez to the Tigers organization,” Dombrowski said. “Our top off-season priority was to add a proven bat in the middle of our lineup and Victor is an established .300 hitter and run producer at the major league level.”
Martinez has been selected to the American League All-Star team four times during his career.