Victor Martinez: 'I would want to stay' in Boston

The good news is, we like you, Victor, and apparently you like us, too:

Speaking before Thursday night's loss to the White Sox, Red Sox catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez said he would welcome the chance to talk about a contract extension with the Sox. The Red Sox hold a team option on Martinez for the 2010 season worth $7.5 million. "Who wouldn’t want to play here in Boston? It’s up to them, but from my side, I would want to stay here... Hopefully they want to do something. I would be more than happy to sit down and talk."

Sounds about right. After being here for a few weeks last season, Jason Bay had similar remarks about playing in Boston.

I'll say it right now: I'd like to see the Sox pick up V-Mart's 2010 option and re-sign Jason Bay. I know I'm opening up the "Matt Holliday v. Jason Bay" debate right now, but it's one that won't die down until one of them has a contract for 2010 in place.

So what's the Red Sox's biggest priority in the offseason, at this point? Bringing back V-Mart with the club option or re-signing our left fielder or bringing in a new left fielder?

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