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41 Victor Martinez DH
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 12/23/1978 | Birthplace: Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Detroit | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/98 | Average Draft Position: 67.90
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Tigers' Victor Martinez: I'm still on track for opening day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez told reporters he remains on track to play on opening day, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Martinez, who is working his way back from a medial menisectomy in his left knee, revealed that he suffered the injury while playing catch in the street with his brother in February. He took 25 swings off a tee from each of the plate on Monday, and told reporters he would have taken 50 if the team trainer wasn't around.

The 36-year-old hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats last year.


Tigers DH Victor Martinez puts in rehab work


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Coming off an injured knee, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was able to put in some work during Monday's spring training practice. 

According to the Detroit Free Press, Martinez ran on an anti-gravity treadmill and took 30 swings from each side on a batting tee. 

Martinez underwent medial menisectomy surgery on his left knee on Feb. 10, which has a four-to-six week recovery period. Martinez was asked to report late to camp so that he could ensure his knee was in shape. 


Tigers' Victor Martinez expected to report to spring training Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was in town for photo day Saturday and is expected to report to spring training Monday, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters.

Martinez is still rehabbing from a knee injury and has yet to be cleared to participate in baseball activities. The 36-year-old hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats last year. 


Tigers' Victor Martinez expected to report next week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is expected to report to camp next week, according to MLB.com.

Martinez is currently rehabbing from his knee injury, but will join the club soon. He hasn't been cleared for baseball activities just yet, and the team doesn't want him to be tempted by being at camp. "I think part of the reason for keeping him there is if Victor gets into the clubhouse and sees guys hitting, he's going to want to hit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "So we're kind of trying to protect Victor from Victor a little bit. Victor doesn't like to sit on his hands."

Martinez will participate in 10 rehab sessions in Orlando before joining the Tigers next week. The 36-year-old hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats last year. 


Tigers DH Victor Martinez will not be used at catcher early in season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus ruled out using DH Victor Martinez at catcher for a three-game interleague series at Pittsburgh in mid-April. Martinez underwent knee surgery Tuesday, but he is expected to be ready for the start of the season.

"As of right now, I wouldn't plan on Victor catching," Ausmus told MLive.com. "But that could be revisited at a later date."


Tigers DH Victor Martinez sidelined 4-6 weeks following knee surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) The Tigers announced Tuesday designated hitter Victor Martinez underwent medial menisectomy surgery on his left knee. He will begin rehab immediately and will resume full activity in 4-6 weeks.

"We are very happy the surgery went well and that Victor will be ready to compete for the start of the 2015 season," general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a release.

Martinez's surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews.

The 36-year-old Martinez signed a four-year, $68 million contract in November after earning his fifth All-Star nod in 2014. He hit .335 with a .409 on-base percentage, .565 slugging percentage, .974 OPS, 32 home runs, 33 doubles and 103 RBI in 151 games last season. He also won his second Silver Slugger award.

"Vic was in great shape prior to the surgery. That should really bode well for his rehab," Tigers head trainer Kevin Rand told MLB.com.


Tigers DH Victor Martinez headed for knee surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) The Tigers announced Thursday designated hitter Victor Martinez tore the medial meniscus in his left knee during workouts last week, per MLB.com. He is scheduled to undergo surgery, which will be performed by Dr. James Andrews.

The injury was revealed after Martinez underwent an MRI on Wednesday. His surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. More information will be provided following the surgery.

The 36-year-old Martinez signed a four-year, $68 million contract in November. He earned his fifth All-Star nod in 2014. He hit .335 with a .409 on-base percentage, .565 slugging percentage, .974 OPS, 32 home runs, 33 doubles and 103 RBI in 151 games last season. He also won his second Silver Slugger award in '14.


Victor Martinez says return to Detroit was his first choice


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez said returned to Detroit was always his first choice, according to mlive.com.

Martinez reportedly pulled general manager Dave Dombrowski aside late in the season to express his desire to remain a Tiger. Dombrowski confirmed the two sides had the conversation, but said he wanted to wait and see how the season concluded before negotiating a deal. 

Owner Mike Ilitch also felt strongly about retaining Martinez. Ilitch told Martinez, "Victor, you had a fantastic year. You displayed great sportsmanship, you never seem to lose your cool and I'm going to take care of you next year."

Martinez brushed off questions about how many other teams attempted to sign him during his press conference. He said he was "just happy to finish my career here in Detroit."


Tigers re-sign DH Victor Martinez


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Tigers have re-signed designated hitter Victor Martinez, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

The deal has been agreed to, and is pending a physical. Martinez will make $68 million over four years. The 35-year-old was said to have drawn plenty of interest from other teams over the past couple weeks, but ultimately decided to remain in Detroit. Martinez is coming off a season in which he hit .335/.409/.565, with 32 home runs, over 561 at-bats. 


Victor Martinez close to four-year deal with Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Tigers are close to re-signing DH Victor Martinez to a four-year deal, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Martinez is coming off his fifth All-Star season. He hit .335 with a .409 on-base percentage, .565 slugging percentage, .974 OPS, 32 home runs, 33 doubles and 103 RBI in 151 games.


Report: If Tigers can't re-sign V-Mart, targeting Sandoval might be option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers could go "a lot of different directions" if they can't re-sign Victor Martinez, according to FOX Sports. Dombrowski did not rule out attempting to sign third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

V-Mart, Scherzer turn down qualifying offers from Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Victor Martinez and Max Scherzer both declined their qualifying offers from the Tigers, according to multiple reports. If either player signs with another team, then the Tigers will receive draft-pick compensation.

Blue Jays, Mariners latest teams to join hunt to sign Victor Martinez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) The Blue Jays are the latest team to be rumored to be in the mix to sign free agent Victor Martinez, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Tigers remain interested in re-signing Martinez, and the Mariners are also said to have Martinez high on their free-agent priority list.

Report: Victor Martinez willing to return to Tigers


(11/4/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez told MLB Network Radio he spoke with Victor Martinez, who indicated a willingness to return to Detroit, if outside offers are similar. Martinez is a free agent.

Victor Martinez was one of the best hitters in baseball during the 2014 season. He hit .306 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI.


Options on RHP Scherzer, DH Martinez among Tigers moves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Tigers have announced, as expected, that they have made $15.3 million qualifying offers to right-hander Max Scherzer and 2014 MVP candidate Victor Martinez. They will become free agents if the offers are rejected.

Those were among a slew of moves made by the Tigers. Utility man Don Kelly and right-hander Evan Reed have been outrighted off their 40-man roster while they have promoted outfield Wynton Bernard .


Tigers DH Victor Martinez to seek four-year deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez will look for a four-year deal on the market, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Martinez, 35, is coming off a monster year in which he hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats. He also added 32 home runs. Detroit will extend a qualifying offer to Martinez, though it's expected that he'll decline and test his luck on the market. Martinez signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Tigers in 2010.


Victor Martinez: Tigers should have more victories


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Tigers slugging designated hitter Victor Martinez spoke critically of his team Wednesday morning. He has claimed it has underachieved.

"We should be way better than where we're at right now," he told MLive.com when it was suggested that the Tigers have won as many games as most expected heading into the season. "But I've been around in the game for a little bit and that just shows you how baseball can be. That's why you don't take anything for granted. The game takes 27 outs, nine innings, and that's why you have to make sure to play the game the right way and just capitalize when you get opportunities.

"The team that we have ... we should have more wins than we have right now."

Martinez certainly can't be blamed for any perceived underachievement by the Tigers, who are on the verge of clinching a playoff spot. He is in the Most Valuable Player discussion with a stat line of .335/.408/.564 and 100 RBI.


Victor Martinez slugs homer No. 30


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez had another big game Saturday, in a 5-4 loss to the Giants.

Martinez clubbed his 30th home run of the season in the game, a solo shot. He went 3 for 4 overall with one run scored and one driven in, and is now hitting .335/.406/.575 in what has been the most productive season of his career.

 


Victor Martinez slugs 28th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Tigers first baseman Victor Martinez went 2 for 3 with two walks and a two-run home run in his team's 12-1 win over the Indians Monday.

It was a very productive day for the middle of the Tigers order, as the 3-4-5 hitters and their late-game replacements combined to go 9 for 14 with three walks and four home runs in the blowout win. Martinez has reached base safely in each of his last 20 games. He has hit .329/.400/.563 with 28 home runs and 90 RBI in 474 at-bats.


Victor Martinez clubs career-best 26th homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Tigers catcher Victor Martinez continues his strong performance Wednesday, as he established a career-high in homers during the course of an 8-4 loss to the Yankees.

Martinez clubbed a solo home run in the sixth inning, giving him a career-best 26 on the season. He ultimately finished the game 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored in the loss.

Martinez is at or near career-highs in numerous categories this season, as he has enjoyed a resurgence at the age of 35. He is hitting .327/.396/.555 with 85 RBI in 120 games. 


Victor Martinez delivers 25th home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 3 for 6 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 13-4 win over the Twins Sunday.

Martinez picked up his first RBI on a fielder's choice in the third inning to give his team a 3-0 lead. He then put the Tigers up 4-3 with an RBI single in the fifth. Martinez capped his night with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. He has hit .328/.396/.553 with 25 home runs and 84 RBI in 445 at-bats.


Victor Martinez belts grand slam


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez blasted a grand slam Wednesday against the Rays.

Martinez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. He worked a five-pitch at-bat, homering on a 92 mph fastball. Martinez also doubled in a run during the contest. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and five RBI. 


Victor Martinez slugs 23rd home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 2 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 4-0 win over the Rockies Sunday.

Martinez saw one run come home in the third inning Sunday before launching his second home run in as many days. He hadn't homered since July 3 before his recent two-game stretch. Martinez has hit .321/.381/.567 with 23 home runs and 65 RBI in 365 at-bats.


Victor Martinez produces 22nd HR in 11-5 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Tigers DH Victor Martinez connected for his 22nd home run during an 11-5 win Saturday against the Rockies. He gave Detroit an 8-2 lead with a three-run homer off Tyler Matzek in the fifth inning.

Martinez has homered just twice since July 1. However, he is batting .297 with a .361 on-base percentage, .422 slugging percentage and .783 OPS in his last 18 games. He has two doubles, 10 RBI and 10 runs in that span.


Report: Victor Martinez to play first twice in Arizona


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is destined to start two of three games in Arizona next week at first base, thereby pushing Miguel Cabrera to third, according to MLive.com.

Those moves would force third baseman Nick Castellanos to the bench.

The slumping Tigers would be hard-pressed to take Martinez out of the lineup. Despite rare back-to-back hitless games in a Saturday doubleheader, he still owns a .322/.384/.583 stat line.