By Dan Jenkins
[UPDATE 5:09 pm: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers deal with Martinez is for four years and $68 million, pending a physical.]READ MORE: The Detroit Zoo To Host Its Final Weekend Of Family-Friendly Halloween Event 'Zoo Boo' Oct. 22-24
[UPDATE 4:37 pm: The New York Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed that the two sides have agreed on a deal.]
Earlier Wednesday, 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.READ MORE: Tillson Street's Halloween Displays Draws Thousands
It appears that the two sides are close to an agreement. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted Wednesday that the Tiger’s are close to a four-year deal with Martinez.
Martinez posted career-highs with a .335 batting average and 32 home runs. Martinez was second to Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (.341) for the American League lead in batting average.MORE NEWS: Kalamazoo Tests For Lead Exposure Following High-Lead Level Reports In Other Michigan Cities
Martinez had the highest OPS (.974) and WAR (5.3) among six qualified designated hitters, including David Ortiz, Nelson Cruz, Billy Butler, Chris Carter and Adam Dunn.