According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.com, the Blue Jays and Mariners are joining the Victor Martinez sweepstakes along with the Detroit Tigers. The switch-hitting Venezuelan is drawing interest from multiple teams after putting up great offensive numbers in 2014.
2014 was a career year for Martinez with his bat. The switch hitter put up .335/.409/.565 line with 166 wRC+, good for the second place in the American Leagues batting title. He will enter the age-36 season in 2015 and Heyman says that he is looking for a 4-year deal. He will more than likely reject the qualifying offer from the Tigers and test a market that is thin when it comes to offense.
The Blue Jays could have a spot open on DH after trading away Adam Lind for Marco Estrada. With power-hitting right-handers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion accounting for a large piece of the Jays' offensive production, adding a lefty bat will ensure more difficult matchups for opposing teams. The Mariners, who fell just short of a wild-card spot this past season, still ranked in the bottom tier of the offensive production, ranking 23rd out of 30 teams in offensive fWAR. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Martinez is Seattle's top priority. The Tigers, who enjoyed Martinez's hitting prowess, will also prioritize bringing him back, per Jason Beck of MLB.com.