The Detroit Tigers took a big step toward getting back into the AL North pennant fight today, signing FA 1B Pascual Martin to a 3-year, $24MM contract.
The Tigers took the North in Seasons 6 and 7 (plus the Season 7 World Series), but struggled to 3rd at 73-89 last year, largely due to a 126-run drop in offense. Martin set the new single-season batting average record last year (.389) - his high-contact style fits with the spacious dimensions at Comerica.
Tigers owner jdrake confirmed he had gone as far on the Martin bidding as he could, and was "surprised" to get him for 6.3/9/9 + a team option.
Martin is on of the top hitters in the league and a perfect fit for Detroit's park. Only the Pickford signing exceeds this one so far. Grade: A