The upside of Victor Martinez having a career year in 2014, leading the AL in OPS at .974, was that the Tigers got outstanding production out of their DH spot, especially important as the reigning MVP Miguel Cabrera battled injuries and didn't have a Cabrera-like season.
The downside was that Martinez entering free agency, and suddenly catapulted himself from being a valued commodity to a player that would command a multi-year deal, likely worth more than the $12.5 million his deal averaged that he signed with the Tigers in 2010.
Nevertheless, the Tigers have never been afraid to pay for talent, and it appears that owner Mike Ilitch has stepped up to the plate again, offering to pay Martinez a deal that will average $17 million per season and take Martinez up until he turns 40.
In three seasons spanning four years (Martinez lost the 2012 season when he tore his ACL in the off-season), Martinez
The deal addresses one of a few key concerns for the Tigers this off-season, but obviously doesn't answer questions about the outfield that lost Austin Jackson at midseason, Andy Dirks via waivers, and will likely lose Torii Hunter in free agency.