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The Tigers and Victor Martinez finalize their deal

V-Mart has passed his physical and is now officially a Detroit Tiger. Deep thoughts:

  • I don’t like the “first initial, first few letters of the last name” nickname construction like “V-Mart,” but I do wish that someone named “Sam Martinez” would become a big star so I could call him S-Mart;

  • If only they had done this two days ago before the Red Sox had offered him arbitration then the Tigers wouldn’t have to give up a first round pick. Or, I suppose the Sox could have just offered it earlier. Maybe double-secret deals and offers would help us out here;

  • The Tigers may be pretty darn tough in the AL Central next season. I don’t think they’ll stay tough over the length of Martinez’s contract, but they’ll be good next year.