Despite this guy’s negativity, I really like the deal for a number of reasons. (You really should check out that link if you want to see a good example of how to poorly build an argument).
2) His middle name is “Jesus” and as we all know, you don’t ___ with the Jesus.
3) He’s a catcher. And we really, really need a more than a back-up catcher. I understand that he’s arguably a liability defensively, but what other options did DD have? I feel that all too often people ignore the available market when talking free agents. Alex Avila has an opportunity to be a serviceable catcher for a long time, and VMart definitely bridges that gap.
4) He’s a switch-hitter. How great is that? Talk about ultimate protection for Cabrera.
5) He’s durable. In the past 7 seasons, he’s had 538+ PAs in 6 of them, and 600+ in 4 of those 6. Not too shabby for a guy who squats for a living.
By all accounts he’s a great clubhouse guy, and it looks like he really wanted to be in Detroit. Several outlets are reporting that Martinez turned down 3/$48 from the White Sox, and a similar offer from the Orioles. Moreover, I agree with Lynn Henning that DD is not yet done.
Keith Law was pretty neutral on the deal (which means that he really likes it), though he did express concern over the spend to win strategy: “My main concern with the deal is neither its length nor its size, but what it says about the Tigers’ current strategy…this time around, the Tigers’ system is in much worse shape.” (read the whole article on insider here)
Can’t wait to see what pops up next. Hot stove is heating up.