Found January 20, 2012 on The Flagrant Fan:
The date was July 31, 2009 and it was the last day of that season's trade deadline. The Boston Red Sox needed a boost to help that season's playoff chances. And so on that deadline day, the Red Sox pulled the trigger on a deal with the Cleveland Indians for Victor Martinez. In return, the Red Sox sent Justin Masterson, Bryan Price and Nick Hagadone. Martinez performed admirably for the Red Sox and they did indeed make the playoffs but were swept in the first round by the Angels. Martinez had another good season for the Red Sox in 2010 but the Red Sox failed to make the playoffs. The Red Sox had little to show for their year and a half rental of Martinez and perhaps have given up one of the rising stars in the American League. Justin Masterson had a much better 2011 season as the anchor in the Indians' rotation than most people realize. He finished with a 12-10 record for his 33 starts which is yet another reason why a pitcher's win-loss record is meaningless. Acc...

Poll: Who should fill V-Mart's shoes?

With the potentially season-ending ACL injury to star catcherDH Victor Martinez, the search begins to replace his .330 batting average, 103 RBI, .470 slugging percentage and an .850 OPS from last season. A lot of names have been tossed around the cooler, but none seem to be the consensus choice to fill V-Mart's shoes, which should come as no surprise given the the consistent...

Dombrowski: Resilient Tigers will be OK without Victor Martinez

Dave Dombrowski was somber when he spoke to the media Tuesday about Victor Martinez's knee injury. The Tigers general manager had learned the day before that Martinez likely would miss the season. "A sock in the gut," Dombrowski called it. By Friday, Dombrowski had regained his public vigor and optimism.

Tigers move on minus injured Martinez (AP)

Days after learning Victor Martinez could miss the entire 2012 season with a knee injury, the Detroit Tigers began looking ahead to the challenge of replacing him. Manager Jim Leyland was relatively at ease Thursday when discussing Martinez, who tore the ACL in his left knee last week. The Tigers are still considering their options, but Leyland says the team will find somebody "either...

Tigers Notes and Quotes

Victor Martinez's status after he tore his ACL, which players could make noise as minor league invites to big league camp, and a couple wrap up points on the Hall of Fame balloting.

Tigers Lose Martinez to Knee Injury, Mull Signing a Replacement

The Tigers' offense took a hit Tuesday when it was announced Victor Martinez would miss the entire season with a knee injury.

Replacing Victor Martinez won't be easy, but Tigers begin process

DETROIT - The vehicles of the Tigers' caravan will roll from Comerica Park early this afternoon. Vladimir Guerrero...

'Probably not a good fit' for Tigers

HBT: Victor Martinez‘s season-ending knee injury has Tigers fans getting their hopes up for Prince Fielder, but Dave Dombrowski threw cold water on that notion.

KC's patience may pay off ... eventually

Its been 27 years since the Kansas City Royals last reached the playoffs. Chicago Cubs fans are lauded for their patience, but theyve enjoyedendured five postseason appearances since Kansas Citys most recent trip to October. Am I alone in thinking the Royals shouldnt be that far away from snapping the drought? Kansas City scored a respectable 730 runs last year with a young lineup...

Royals' patience may pay off soon

It's been 27 years since the Kansas City Royals last reached the playoffs. Chicago Cubs fans are lauded for their patience, but they've enjoyed/endured five postseason appearances since Kansas City's most recent trip to October. Am I alone in thinking the Royals shouldn't be that far away from snapping the drought? Kansas City scored a respectable 730 runs last...

Lets Make A Deal Edition

Some big names have come off the board. What about the Prince? I have some real concerns about the Tigers 2012 edition without Victor Martinez in the lineup. I think his loss has very negative ramifications on the season for Miguel Cabrera. If VMart isn't in the middle of the lineup, then who is? I'm not totally sold on a full season of strength from Brennan Boesch...

Tiger Blood

The coke-binged, wiry meme used as today’s title may not have the same ring to it as it did WAY back in 2011, but if you’re a fan of the Detroit variety, you know that Tiger blood is still in the streets. Well, the South Florida streets anyway. In case you’ve been distracted by the train wreck that is the Republican Party primary, Victor Martinez tore his ACL and will be out...

Leyland's lineup creativity may be tested

A couple of days after hearing of Victor Martinez's left knee injury, Tigers manager Jim Leyland had progressed from shock to acceptance, and a little bit of recovery.

Tigers' Brennan Boesch healthy, could be Cabrera's protection

Perhaps the hitter to replace Victor Martinez already is here. Perhaps he's Brennan Boesch -- a healthy and confident Boesch.
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