Martinez and the Tigers reached a preliminary agreement on a $50-million, four-year contract, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press yesterday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal, which was subject to a physical, had not been announced.
In 127 games with Boston, Martinez hit .302 with 20 homers and 79 RBIs. Although he started 106 games at catcher and can play first base, the Tigers might use him as a designated hitter.
The Tigers also announced they would not offer salary arbitration to Magglio Ordoñez, Johnny Damon, Gerald Laird, Jeremy Bonderman and Bobby Seay.
The Red Sox did offer Martinez arbitration.
"Wanting to have Victor in the lineup next April is a no-brainer," Boston manager Terry Francona told WEEI radio Tuesday. "When you have to make a decision and you're talking $40, $45, $50 million, four years down the road, that's not quite as easy. I respect that."
Giants re-sign HuffAubrey Huff is staying in San Francisco just as he'd hoped, agreeing to a $22-million, two-year contract with the Giants. Huff hit .290 with a team-leading 26 home runs and 86 RBIs for the Giants, who won their first world championship since 1954.
Randolph spent the past two seasons as bench coach of the Brewers. Before that, he managed the Mets from 2005-08.
Arbitration scorecardMajor-league clubs faced a deadline of midnight last night to offer eligible players arbitration. Players have until next Tuesday to accept.
Notable players who were offered arbitration Tuesday were Cliff Lee (Rangers); Carl Crawford and Rafael Soriano (Rays); Jayson Werth (Phillies) and Adam Dunn (Nationals).
The Rangers didn't offer arbitration to Bengie Molina and Vladimir Guerrero, but both could be back with the team next season. The Braves did not offer arbitration to Derrek Lee and Troy Glaus. - AP