Interesting article on MLBTR. Speculating on the idea of the Sox trading for V-Mart.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports sets up a new line of trade speculatin' today: he asks whether the Indians might be willing to take offers on catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez in the near future. The Indians would have to fall out of contention first (they're currently 7.5 games out), and even then it'd be a long shot. Martinez, 30, is hitting a robust .401/.478/.632 in 178 plate appearances this year. He has $4.3MM more coming this year and an easily-decided $7MM club option for 2010.
Rosenthal says the Red Sox already inquired on Martinez about a month ago. While "premium players on both sides" were discussed, "the talks failed to progress." Rosenthal speculates on names such as Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard, and Lars Anderson.
Rosenthal doesn't mention them, but the Mets could be a nice fit for V-Mart if Carlos Delgado's injury puts him out for several months.
My question is, what would you give up to aquire him? Personally, I have always loved the way this guy hits. Unfortunately, it appears he is more of a DH/1B at this point than a catcher. If Papi's struggles continue, he would be a nice fit to add protection in a lineup that appears to become thinner and thinner (Youk on the D/L, Papi's struggles, Nick Green). If Bard continues to progress it probably leaves MDC as the odd man out in the pen. How does MDC/Bowden or Bucholz/Carter? This is of course truly speculation, I am guessing it would take more, but I have always been nervous about trading prospects since the Hanley deal.