It’s not often a general manager has to defend bringing back the runner-up in the MVP race, but Detroit’s Dave Dombrowski faced an obvious question after signing Victor Martinez to another four-year deal.
With four straight division titles to their credit — but no World Series championship since 1984 — the boldness is understandable.
Dombrowski said Friday that Martinez sought him out in the clubhouse late this summer and asked to speak to him privately.
“The Tigers were pretty much determined they were going to do whatever it takes (to re-sign Victor.)
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said that the team’s number one priority would be to re-sign Silver Slugger Award-winning designated hitter Victor Martinez.
“We like Victor. We hope he remains with us,” Dombrowski said Tuesday at baseball’s general managers meetings. “We’ll see what happens.”
None of the players given qualifying offers this season will accept, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
Martinez won his only other Silver Slugger award in 2004, when he shared the honor as the top-hitting catcher in the American League with former Tiger Iván Rodríguez.
In the AL, the MVP finalists are Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley, Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who finished second to the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera in each of the last two votes.
Victor Martinez has been selected the Tiger of the Year in voting conducted by the Detroit Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.