Free agent Victor Martinez is drawing interest from a number of teams, including the Tigers, Rangers, Blue Jays and Red Sox.
The possible suitors must consider where Martinez would play, since he could fit into an American League lineup at catcher, first base and designated hitter.
Then there’s the question of where he would bat. Martinez has made most of his career starts in the No. 3 and No. 4 spots.
In an e-mail to FOXSports.com, former teammate Travis Hafner offered his take on Martinez’s best role.
“I think Vic is best suited to hit No. 3 in the lineup,” said Hafner, the Cleveland DH who batted in front of and behind Martinez when both were with the Indians.
“He’s gonna hit .300 every year with 20-plus HRs and 100 RBIs. He’s also a great clutch hitter and someone you want at the plate in a big spot.”
Hafner also described Martinez as “one of my all-time favorite teammates.”
“He loves the game of baseball and brings a lot of energy to the park every day,” Hafner said. “He had a different handshake for everyone on the team. That was one of the ways he got everyone ready to play. Most of all, he wants to win. That rubs off on everyone.”