Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 1 Month

Victor Martinez got the start at catcher for the Tigers on Saturday and went 1-for-3 against the Astros.

With the Tigers playing early games in NL parks, Martinez will have one-game catcher eligibility quite soon in fantasy leagues. Those who need him to play in five games behind the plate to qualify will likely have to wait considerably longer, but it sounds like he'll get there eventually.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 Months

Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a rare stolen base against in the Tigers' 6-5 win over the Braves on Wednesday.

The game was delayed and quickly called due to rain in the bottom of the ninth. Martinez's steal, as you might expect, came on the back end of a double-steal with Rajai Davis. He has just four career steals in 11 seasons and never more than one in a year.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 Months

Tom Gage of the Detroit News writes that Victor Martinez will "probably" catch more this season than he did last year.

Martinez caught three games last season even after not catching at all during spring training. He'll work out behind the plate in camp this year, though, in preparation for being used there more this season. "I called Victor in early January and asked him about catching," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He was thrilled about it. But there is a reason why I asked him to come down early. We play 10 games in National League parks this year." It sounds like V-Mart will have a shot to re-gain catcher eligibility in fantasy leagues at some point this season, which would obviously be a big boost to his value.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 3 Months

Victor Martinez wants to stay with the Tigers beyond 2014.

"I want to stay here, yes," Martinez said. "But they have a lot going on. They have Scherzer; they have Miggy." V-Mart is in the final season of his four-year contract. The 35-year-old was awful over the first few months of the season as he worked his way back from an injury-wasted 2012, but hit .370 from June 29 on. Detroit's designated hitter will pocket $12 million in 2014 and hit the open market next winter.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 6 Months

Victor Martinez went 1-for-4 and plated both Tigers runs in Saturday's season-ending defeat at the hand of the Red Sox.

Martinez came to the dish with the bases loaded, no outs, and the Tigers trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning. He hammered a two-run single off the Green Monster in left to give the Tigers the lead, but that would be the high point of their evening. In part due to huge baserunning gaffes, the rally would soon fizzle, and the Tigers bats remained silent for the remainder of the night. Martinez wraps up a tremendous postseason in which he hit .405 (17-for-42) with a homer and five RBI.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 6 Months

Tigers manager Jim Leyland indicated Friday that Victor Martinez could be an option to start behind the plate in Game 6 of the ALCS on Saturday if Alex Avila isn't ready to go.

Avila suffered a strained knee in a collision at home plate in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox in Game 5. He's listed as day-to-day, and the team will wait and see how he feels on Saturday before making a decision. Martinez caught just three games during the 2013 season.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 6 Months

Victor Martinez feels fine after leaving Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday due to a quad cramp.

V-Mart tweaked his left quad after hitting a single in the ninth inning on Tuesday and was removed for a pinch-runner, but it's not a major concern. "Just a little cramp. but that was it," said Martinez. "Anyway, I was going to get a pinch-runner, so not a big deal." Look for him to be back in the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday. V-Mart is hitting .419 (13-for-31) with one home run, four doubles, and three RBI this postseason.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 7 Months

Victor Martinez went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two walks in a 5-4 win over the Mariners on Thursday.

His seventh inning RBI double put the Tigers ahead for good. V-Mart was making his third start of the season behind the plate, though it doesn't look like he'll get enough games there to keep his eligibility for 2014 in most leagues. That will ding his value.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 7 Months

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that Victor Martinez will catch Thursday.

It will be his third start at catcher this season. With V-Mart behind the plate, Leyland plans to use Miguel Cabrera out of the DH spot. We could see a similar arrangement in the postseason if Cabrera is banged up, so Leyland is experimenting with the possibilities.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 8 Months

Victor Martinez went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in Thursday's win over the Athletics.

V-Mart now has four multi-hit games in his last five. He's hitting a scorching .391 over his last 55 games, raising his batting average from .225 to .297 in the process. Those fantasy owners who were patient are feeling pretty good right now.