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November 29, 2010

It seems as the White Sox never made an offer to Victor Martinez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 29, 2010 9:32 pm
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Merkin @ BOG:

Victor Martinez never received a contractual offer from the White Sox, as confirmed by a Major League source to MLB.com on Monday.

The White Sox had interest in the switch-hitting catcher/first baseman/designated hitter, who could have provided a needed run-production presence from the left side. But contrary to published reports, the White Sox did not make any sort of $48 million offer over three or four years.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

Victor Martinez appears to be the most significant signing to date as far as the White Sox are concerned, as the catcher/first baseman/DH agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with American League Central rival Detroit. Although it was reported that the White Sox presented Martinez with a $48 million deal, either at three or four years, a Major League source has confirmed to MLB.com that an official offer was never made.

There was interest in the talented switch-hitter on Chicago’s part, but clearly not at this particular level.

November 23, 2010

Kenny Williams kicked the tires on Victor Martinez [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 23, 2010 1:34 pm
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Rosenthal @ FS tweets:

Serrano reports that Martinez’s deal with Tigers will be for four years, $50 million, and that team outbid Red Sox, White Sox, Orioles

BTW, Martinez is a Type-A free-agent. And Aaron Gleeman looks on the 4-year, $50 million contract the Tigers are reportedly giving to Victor Martinez.

UPDATE: Serrano says the White Sox offer was 3-years, $48 million! That averages to $16 million per year! The Orioles offer was 4-years, $48 million.

Serrano says:

Actualización: Los Medias Blancas, agregó la fuente, dieron a escoger al careta entre un contrato de cuatro años por 48 millones de dólares, lo que no igualaba a Detroit, u otro de sólo tres campañas, con algo más de dinero anualmente. Esto corrige la versión inicial que publicamos, en la que aseguramos que los Medias Blancas ofrecían una bolsa apenas inferior al paquete total de Detroit, por solo tres campeonatos.

The google translation of that is:

Update: The White Sox, the source said, were to choose the mask from a four-year $ 48 million, which equaled not Detroit, or one of only three campaigns, with some more money annually. This fixes that we published the initial version, which assured the White Sox offered a bag just below the total package of Detroit, for only three championships.

It seems like he says the White Sox offer of $48 million was less than the $50 offer of Detroit, but the White Sox offer was for 3 years and Detroit’s for 4. Thus the White Sox offered $16 million per year, while Detroit offered $12.5 million per year. $16 million per year for Victor Martinez. Oh my!

UPDATE #2: MLBTR has learned the White Sox offer to Victor Martinez was $48 million over 4 years and not 3 as Serrano reported. That’s a $12 million per year average.

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