Latest Victor Martinez trade rumors

  • The Boston Herald’s Sean McAdam reminds us this morning that the Red Sox previously rejected a proposal that would have sent pitcher Clay Buchholz to the Indians for switch-hitting catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez. While yesterday’s acquisition of catching prospect Lou Marson in the Cliff Lee deal with the Phillies might suggest the Indians are even more willing to deal Martinez now, McAdam writes that it’s unlikely the Sox will give in on dealing Buchholz, meaning the Indians might have to take a lesser package of prospects if the deal is to be consummated.
  • The Globe’s Tony Massarotti reports that the Indians may need to trim payroll, which might lead to a greater willingness to deal Martinez.
  • FoxSports’s Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi write that Martinez has always made sense for the Red Sox “as a buffer against declines by catcher Jason Varitek, designated hitter David Ortiz and third baseman Mike Lowell. Consider Varitek’s month-by-month on-base/slugging percentages this season: .881, .824, .750, .697. For the Red Sox, Martinez could be the perfect bridge from Varitek to the Twins’ Joe Mauer, who is eligible for free agency after next season.” The Fox tandem also note that other, unnamed teams are showing interest in Martinez.
  • One of those teams apparently isn’t the Rays. TampaBay.com notes that the Rays’ interest in Martinez has probably waned now that Cliff Lee, whom they also hoped to acquire from Cleveland, was dealt yesterday to Philadelphia.
  • With the Indians having dealt lefty Lee to Philadelphia, could catcher Victor Martinez be the next to go. SI.com’s Jon Heyman thinks so — and the landing spot could be Boston. Heyman tweeted Wednesday afternoon that the Red Sox “are talking a lot about Martinez.”
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