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Tigers to push for V-Mart?

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08:16 AM ET 11.08 | If the Tigers are determined to place a big bat in their lineup, it may be one from the 2010 Red Sox: Victor Martinez. Some plugged-in baseball folks believe the Tigers will make a strong push for Martinez. He could serve primarily as the designated hitter, then take over for left-handed-hitting Alex Avila at catcher when the Tigers face a left-hander. The switch-hitting Martinez might discourage some teams from having a right-hander intentionally walk Cabrera; the right-hander then would face Martinez batting left-handed.

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November 8, 2010  08:30 AM ET

Doubtful...

November 8, 2010  08:30 AM ET

Dude- where ate the Mods?! This is ridiculious!

November 8, 2010  08:34 AM ET

V-Mart isnt historically much of a threat at Comerica... If the Tigers get him- they had better not stop there if they actually think it will make them more competitive...

November 8, 2010  08:35 AM ET

V-Mart isnt historically much of a threat at Comerica... If the Tigers get him- they had better not stop there if they actually think it will make them more competitive...

November 8, 2010  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

V-Mart isnt historically much of a threat at Comerica... If the Tigers get him- they had better not stop there if they actually think it will make them more competitive...

Spinning thingy?

November 8, 2010  08:42 AM ET

Boston can't allow the loss of Martinez.

November 8, 2010  08:55 AM ET
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Spinning thingy?

I wish the spiny thingy would affect the spam caseroles

November 8, 2010  09:16 AM ET

I pronounce this thread dead at 9:20 am

November 8, 2010  09:30 AM ET
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Boston can't allow the loss of Martinez.

Sure they can go out and get John Buck and there isn't a ton of difference at the plate and Buck is better defensively. Make up what little offense they lose by signing Werth or just getting the trade done for Gonzo.

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November 8, 2010  09:45 AM ET
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That'll suck if Martinez goes to the Tigers.

It may, but it won't compare to the suckage of trading him to the Red Sox for baby hughey

November 8, 2010  09:48 AM ET
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Yes, because John Buck has a long track record of producing at a level close to Martinez...

No he doesn't but I think people are giving Martinez way too much credit... the dude is horrible behind the plate... yes he can hit and is probably the 2nd best hitting catcher in the majors but i would personally take a better defensive catcher and replace his bat with all the bats that are equivalent on the market... Werth, Crawford, Beltre, trade for Gonzalez, Konerko, Huff, LaRoche... too name a few and all of those guys are comparable bats... Buck might not have the track record but he did have almost the same year as Martinez at the plate.

November 8, 2010  09:54 AM ET
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No he doesn't but I think people are giving Martinez way too much credit... the dude is horrible behind the plate... yes he can hit and is probably the 2nd best hitting catcher in the majors but i would personally take a better defensive catcher and replace his bat with all the bats that are equivalent on the market... Werth, Crawford, Beltre, trade for Gonzalez, Konerko, Huff, LaRoche... too name a few and all of those guys are comparable bats... Buck might not have the track record but he did have almost the same year as Martinez at the plate.

I have to agree..if its a choice between Buck and Martinez right now, I go with Buck. I think you are getting a better all around player for your money

November 8, 2010  09:58 AM ET
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what about Buck Martinez? two birds...one stone

As long as he doen't speak..dude sounds like a cartoon character

November 8, 2010  10:04 AM ET
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i pine for the days of Joe Garagiola, Tony Kubek and the like...announcers today just suck.

More than you realize my friend...when they do the booth shot during the game and Tim McCarver has that dazed look on his face its because Joe Buck just went south

November 8, 2010  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Sure they can go out and get John Buck and there isn't a ton of difference at the plate and Buck is better defensively. Make up what little offense they lose by signing Werth or just getting the trade done for Gonzo.

Buck is a .280/20/70 guy offensively?

November 8, 2010  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#24):

No he doesn't but I think people are giving Martinez way too much credit... the dude is horrible behind the plate... yes he can hit and is probably the 2nd best hitting catcher in the majors but i would personally take a better defensive catcher and replace his bat with all the bats that are equivalent on the market... Werth, Crawford, Beltre, trade for Gonzalez, Konerko, Huff, LaRoche... too name a few and all of those guys are comparable bats... Buck might not have the track record but he did have almost the same year as Martinez at the plate.

Unless the guy is as bad as you say on the defensive end, then you don't want to lose a catcher with the offensive ability of Martinez.

Why does it have to be either/or in terms of having other bats in the lineup? Why not have Martinez AND other solid bats throughout the lineup?

You can work around a catcher that doesn't throw out 50% of basestealers.

As a matter of fact, what is the average for today's catchers in terms of throwing out basestealers?

November 8, 2010  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#25):

I have to agree..if its a choice between Buck and Martinez right now, I go with Buck. I think you are getting a better all around player for your money

What are Buck's number at the plate?

 
November 8, 2010  10:11 AM ET
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what about Buck Martinez? two birds...one stone

Right lol...

... can he bring Dave Stieb with him lol?

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