Once euphimistically referred to as a middle-tier or bargain option
for the Chicago Cubs at first base in 2011, catcher/1B/DH Victor
Martinez has reportedly signed a 4 year, $50 million (!) deal with the
Detroit Tigers.

While Martinez was never a realistic option for the Cubs, his signing
could very will impact the Cubs. First, it sets the market (and
seemingly sets it very high, unless Martinez can actually stay behind
the plate). Second, it closes off a possible landing spot for some of
the middle tier first baseman the Cubs will consider. Probably of no
relevance to the Cubs, it could also close off a spot for Adam Dunn
(who, ironically, might now get a smaller contract than Martinez).



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