After yesterday's trade of Cliff Lee, it's widely assumed around baseball that the Indians are now looking to move Martinez, who is signed through 2010. Martinez is one of the premier catchers in all of baseball and has bounced back from a injury plagued 2008 to hit fifteen HR with sixty seven RBI and fifty six runs scored.
Obviously its going to take quite a package to land Martinez. What teams should or could be interested in Cleveland's all star catcher? Let's take a look:
Red Sox: This is where all the hot rumors have been so far. The Red Sox need a quality hitter in the middle of the lineup and Martinez would instantly become one of the best hitters they have. My only question is this: Would Martinez catch?
Obviously, he's not going to play first with Youkilis and LaRoche there, but will he really supplant Varitek? Is that a smart move even with 'Tek's offensive struggles?
Rays:I would love to see Martinez land here and supplant the struggling Dioner Navarro, but I'm doubtful that this would happen. Martinez would fit in perfectly with this lineup and finally provide Evan Longoria with some much needed protection.
Angels: Complete speculation on my part here, but if the Angels don't feel secure with Vladimir Guerrero returning to his top form this season, then Martinez could become an attractive option for them. The Angels have been reluctant to trade their top prospects over the years, which makes a match here look even less likely.
The Field: Who else can really make a play for this guy?
The Giants? Nope.
The Mets? I wish.
The Rangers? Doubt it.
Analysis: Unless the Red Sox or another team steps up to the plate, the Indians might have a tough time finding a suitable trade partner for Martinez. Might they be better off waiting until the off season, when more teams should be interested, to trade Martinez?
Only time will tell.