Friday, February 8, 2013

Pre-Spring Training update Feb 8, 2013

With Pitchers and Catchers reporting on Tuesday, there is good news heading into Spring Training.

Victor Martinez
Tom Gage of the Detroit News has reported that Victor Martinez looks good hitting in the cages from Lakeland, as he continues to recover from the knee surgery that forced him to miss all of the 2012 season.

Meanwhile, Justin Verlander took some time to participate in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

Justin Verlander 
Verlander might be able to spend more time on the course at Pebble Beach in the future, if he chooses, that is….

Verlander and his agents had to be pleased at the news yesterday that Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners, signed a 5-year $135.5M extension to his contract.

The Tigers and Verlander have yet to comment on the signing, BUT expect the two sides to begin working on an extension to Verlander’s current contract that expires at the end of the 2014 season.  

I would expect to see that some sort of a deal is reached between the two sides before Verlander’s current deal runs out, it wouldn’t surprise me at all, for Verlander to land an extension in the $150M range. 

Pitchers and Catchers report on Tuesday to Lakeland, with some players already there, such as Victor Martinez. 

Here are a couple of Pics to show what is involved in the process of packing up and headed to Lakeland.  (photo's courtesy of the Detroit News)

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