With this morning’s news that Victor Martinez will agree to a four-year deal with the Tigers, the winter’s free agent market is beginning to establish itself.
Martinez is the first big name to sign. Some good second tier players — John Buck, Jake Westbrook, Joaquin Benoit — came off the table last week, but Martinez is the first established star to sign. That could begin setting the rest of the market in motion.
Not long after the Martinez news broke, it was reported that Aubrey Huff is close a two-year deal with the Giants.
How much the free agent market as a whole impacts the Yankees is up for debate. The Yankees are kind of working within their own market, going after Cliff Lee — who will set the value for starting pitchers — and two of their own superstars, who aren’t really interested in other offers. It’s good to get the ball rolling, but the Yankees are more or less playing their own game here.
Speaking of which: Marc Carig reports that Derek Jeter will not be offered arbitration. I don’t think arbitration would have been a factor one way or the other, but it’s interesting that the Yankees won’t make it an option.