Sox Lose Victor Martinez To The Tigers

AP source: Martinez agrees to deal with Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
      A person familiar with the agreement tells The Associated Press
that catcher Victor Martinez and the Detroit Tigers have reached a
preliminary agreement on a $50 million, four-year contract.
      The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the
deal, which is subject to a physical, had not yet been announced.
      Martinez hit .302 with 20 homers in 127 games last season with
Boston. He started 106 games at catcher and also can play first
base. The Tigers might use him as a designated hitter. They've been
looking for another big bat to go along with first baseman Miguel
Cabrera.
      Earlier this offseason, Detroit re-signed third baseman Brandon
Inge and shortstop Jhonny Peralta and signed reliever Joaquin
Benoit.
      Martinez turns 32 next month.
      —
      AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.