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.
With the offseason officially upon us, we say goodbye to the 2014 teams that we loved and hated and to the players on those rosters. I say this because the free agency period begins on Tuesday and there are many, many big-time players and MVP caliber athletes who can make an impact wherever they sign and cause chaos to the team they leave.
In three seasons with Detroit, Martinez batted .321, hit 58 home runs, batted in 289 runs and recorded 170 walks against 155 strikeouts.
“I think we probably made more of an effort to sign Max earlier in the year,” Dombrowski said, “so I don’t think your odds improve.”
Martinez had a career year in 2014, belting 32 home runs and nearly winning the American League batting title with an average of .335.