Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I was half right. I predicted the correct contract terms for Victor Martinez, but I never thought the Red Sox would get outbid by the Tigers. C’mon…Really?!
The Yankees - yes. In certain circumstances the Mets, both L.A. teams, the Giants, Cubs, Rangers and Phillies, but the Tigers? By picking up David Ortiz’s option, the Sox demonstrated that they were not opposed to paying an over thirty DH $12.5 million per season. Martinez would probably be just a hitter in the final year. So what gives?
Perhaps, Yawkey Way has finally learned not to give old catchers long-term contracts? But it doesn’t seem like they are applying the theory correctly as Martinez will not strictly be behind the dish at the end of the deal.
Maybe, they see something in Jarrod Saltalamacchia because his numbers are not impressive at all? He has not hit since 2008...in AAA...in a good hitters league...in 64 plate appearances.
Could it be that acquiring the Tigers first-round pick tipped the scales for the Red Sox, since it is being reported that 2011 is going to be a deep draft? Also that the next CBA is likely to significantly change and possibly eliminate free agent compensation; thereby making picks in 2011 even more valuable than in the past? And the Olde Towne Team wants to stock up on picks because their most valuable assets on the farm are going to be traded for a mid-twenties middle of the order bat? Boy, I hope so.