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Report: Tigers, Victor Martinez near 4 year, $50 m deal

Update: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports confirms the report, as well as Sean McAdam of

This coming out of an ESPN Deportes writer named Ignacio Serrano:

The Tigers are close to signing catcher/designated hitter Victor Martinez to a four-year deal worth about $50 million. The report states Martinez has signed with Detroit and an announcement could be coming soon, pending physical.

I'm not sure the track record on the author here, but ESPNDeportes' Latin American writers have been pretty successful with their track record as it relates to the Tigers, so I feel pretty confident in his report. Still always good to keep a bit of healthy skepticism.

Earlier this month, I valued Martinez at about a four-year, $48 million value. I also preferred Martinez to Dunn. So this is within the acceptable wriggle room if you ask me.

The Tigers will still need to find a right fielder, and with all these Venezuelans it wouldn't surprise me if they find a way to work Magglio Ordonez back into right field for a couple of seasons.

They'll still need to find some pitching, however.

(Original link via SabreRoseTiger's tweet)