Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hot Stove Roundup: V-Mart to the Tigers, Huff still a Giant

The Tigers came to an agreement with free agent catcher Victor Martinez on Tuesday.  The deal is for 4 years and $50 million.  The Boston Red Sox(Martinez's former team) offered a deal for 3 years and $36 million, and 4 years, $42 million. 

Martinez hit .302/.351/.494 in 2010, with 20 HR's and 79 RBI's.  Martinez is expected to fill the void the Tigers have at catcher, but he should see some time at DH, and can spell Miguel Cabrera at first.

Since the Red Sox offered Martinez arbiration, the Red Sox will receive the #19th pick in the 2011 draft, as well as a compensatory draft pick.

In other Hot Stove news, the Giants resigned first baseman/outfielder Aubrey Huff to a 2 year, $22 million contract.

Huff was an instrumental part in the Giants surprising run to the World Series title.  He hit .290/.385/.506 with 26 HR's and 86 RBI's.  He finished 7th in the NL MVP voting this year.

Kevin Says:  4 years seems like a lengthy commitment for a 32 year old catcher, who may need to move permanently to DH according to various scouts.  That being said, he should improve the Tigers lineup, in what appears to be a winnable AL Central.  Although, like I said before, the deal is one year too long in my opinion.

The Huff deal was expected.  He does a great job of getting on base, and has 20 HR power.  Was one of the best bargains to baseball last year, after signing a 1 year/$3 million deal last offseason.

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