Victor Martinez Signs with Detroit Tigers: Projecting Detroit's 2011 Lineup

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Victor Martinez Signs with Detroit Tigers: Projecting Detroit's 2011 Lineup
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The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a contract with free agent catcher Victor Martinez, according to multiple reports. Martinez's deal is for four years, and they will pay the switch-hitting catcher roughly $50 million.

Martinez may catch less often with Detroit than he has in previous seasons, seeing more time at designated hitter as he ages.

For the Tigers, Martinez is a coup.

He batted .302/.351/.493, and launched 20 home runs in 538 plate appearances for the Red Sox in 2010, a pretty typical season for the four-time All-Star.

He will hit somewhere in the middle of the order, and eliminate Detroit as a destination for free agent slugger, Adam Dunn.

What does the move mean for the Tigers?

Can they now contend with the two-time defending champion Minnesota Twins for AL Central supremacy?

To begin answering that question, here is the projected lineup for the 2011 Tigers, featuring their new addition.

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