With Cliff Lee now part of the Phillies rotation, sources say they believe All-Star catcher Victor Martinez will almost surely be moved as the Indians build for the future. "If you're going to trade one, you might as well trade the other," one AL executive said.
The Red Sox appear to be the most aggressive pursuer of Martinez, while the Rays have also shown interest. With Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez looking fairly unattainable, Martinez makes great sense for Boston, which could use him at first base or to spell Jason Varitek behind the plate.
Baseball people don't believe the Red Sox would trade Clay Buchholz for Martinez, and pitching prospect Casey Kelly may not be offered, either. Junichi Tazawa would seem to be a possibility. The Indians need starting pitchers, so Daniel Bard and Michael Bowden may not be as attractive.
The Red Sox could offer talented outfield prospect Josh Reddick (though an Indians person remarked, "we have outfielders") and/or first baseman Lars Anderson.
The Rays are also deep in pitching prospects, starting with Wade Davis and Jeremy Hellickson.