Spring training hasn’t even started and the Tigers have already been dealt a major blow. Victor Martinez was working out and it looks like he tore his ACL in his left knee. He’s getting a second opinion but if it holds, Victor Martinez will probably miss the entire 2012 season.
Martinez had an .850 OPS last season and that’s going to be tough to replace. It’ll be interesting to see what the Tigers do at this point but I guess on a good note, they only have to fill the designated hitter spot so they can just look for the best bat without regard for defense. Not good. It’s interesting that one of the names that’s being thrown around is former Tiger Carlos Pena.
In other news, the Tigers signed all of their arbitration eligible players. Phil Coke and Rick Porcello were signed yesterday and today, Max Scherzer, Delmon Young and Don Kelly all signed deals. Young is going to be paid $6.75 million which I think is a bit much but in light of the V-Mart injury, we need all of the just mediocre bats we can find.