Player: Victor Martinez
Born: December 23rd, 1978 in Ciudad Bolivar, Bolivar Venezuela
Position: Designated Hitter
Drafted:signed as amateur free agent in 1996 by the Cleveland Indians
- MLB debut on September 10th, 2002
- 5-time all-star
- 2-time Silver Slugger award winner
- Career .306 batting average
- 2nd in AL MVP voting in 2014
Victor Martinez was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1996 and found his way to the majors by 2002. It didn’t take long for Martinez to start producing as he was named to his first All-Star team in 2004. He would play eight seasons in Cleveland before being traded to the Boston Red Sox before the July 2009 trade deadline. He would finish out the 2009 season before becoming a free agent and signing with Detroit in early 2010. Since coming to Detroit he has hit .318 with 58 home-runs and 298 RBI’s. Last year Martinez had a career year batting .335 with 32 homers and 103 RBI’s while finishing second in AL MVP voting in 2014.
The Tigers re-signed Martinez to a four-year $68 million contract after contract talks with Max Scherzer broke down last off-season. The Tigers showed that they wanted him to continue to hit behind Miguel Cabrera in the batting order, continuing a 1,2,3 punch in the heart of the order along with JD Martinez. Martinez, who is now 36, will more than likely be done playing a position, at least regularly. He has come off a few knee surgeries, most notably this off-season during spring training and his 2012 ACL tear. However, if he can stay healthy and get the Tigers good at-bats as designated hitter, he will be around for all four of these more than likely final years for V-Mart.
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