Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera participated in the recruiting of Victor Martinez. He phoned Martinez, his fellow Venezuelan, at least a few times as Martinez decided where to sign as a free agent.
Martinez indicated today that other factors also contributed significantly to his decision to pick the Tigers in the competitive bidding for him.
“Miguel was a good part of it,” Martinez said. “But I think the most important thing is that I can see how the Tigers try to improve the team each and every year. They just put a good team on the field every year — a competitive team.