White Sox never made offer to Martinez
Victor Martinez never received a contractual offer from the White Sox, as confirmed by a Major League source to MLB.com on Monday.
The White Sox had interest in the switch-hitting catcher/first baseman/designated hitter, who could have provided a needed run-production presence from the left side. But contrary to published reports, the White Sox did not make any sort of $48 million offer over three or four years. Martinez eventually agreed to a four-year deal with Detroit, worth $50 million.
Catching stands as a position of interest for the White Sox, although Yorvit Torrealba was taken off the open market Monday via a two-year, $6.25 million deal with the Rangers. His signing leaves A.J Pierzynski, Miguel Olivo, Jason Varitek, Rod Barajas and Gerald Laird as the top free agents of interest at this position.
Pierzynski was not offered salary arbitration, but the steady backbone of the organization behind the plate for the past six years still could return to the White Sox.
He recently told MLB.com how both sides agreed to go through the free agent process and stay in touch, without the White Sox making an official offer. The team also could decide to go young and give the catching reigns to Tyler Flowers, who has developed defensively but struggled with the bat in 2010 for Triple-A Charlotte.