Victor Martínez
DH DET
8 months ago

Martinez, who underwent surgery in September to correct an irregular heartbeat, said he went through his normal offseason training program and feels fine for the start of spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Before being shut down for good following the heart procedure, Martinez was in the midst of one of the worst seasons of his career in 2017, finishing with a .255/.324/.372 slash line across 435 plate appearances. While it's encouraging that he's entering the 2018 campaign at full strength, Martinez's age -- he turned 39 in December -- and stark downturn in the power department last season tempers enthusiasm about his fantasy prospects. It doesn't help matters that he'll only have eligibility as a utility option in most fantasy settings now that he's exclusively a designated hitter at this stage of his career.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
10 months ago

Martinez (heart) has a clean bill of health and has been cleared for full baseball activity, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

He underwent a heart ablation procedure in October, which apparently went well, as Martinez has been training and rehabbing since early November. There have been talks about the Tigers trying to reach a buy-out with Martinez, who is due $18 million in the final year of his contract. However, that is spent money, so the Tigers will see what he has left in the tank this spring. He hit .255/.324/.372 with 10 home runs in 107 games last year -- a far cry from the .289/.351/.476 line he put up in 2016. If he can have a productive first half, the Tigers would look to deal him to another American League club and see if they can get lower-level prospect in exchange for covering the rest of his contract. Of course, if he is struggling, there is no reason to play him over the younger players on the roster, so at that point they may negotiate a buy-out. This is likely to be the final year of his career.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
11 months ago

Martinez (chest) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez underwent heart surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat in mid-September, and will continue recovering over the next couple months. It's expected that he will be ready for the 2018 season, and should be fully healed by spring training.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
1 year ago

Martinez (chest) underwent heart ablation surgery Monday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez was placed on the disabled list Aug. 27 with an irregular heartbeat and underwent surgery Monday to correct that issue. He's done for the 2017 season and will set his sights on returning at full strength in 2018.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
1 year ago

The Tigers transferred Martinez (chest) to the 60-day disabled list Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

It had been revealed a day earlier that Martinez would be shut down for the season as he prepares to undergo a heart ablation procedure, so his shifting to the 60-day DL is merely a paper move. The transaction will open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Triple-A Toledo pitcher Artie Lewicki, who is scheduled to start Monday's series opener against the Royals.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
1 year ago

Martinez (irregular heartbeat) will undergo a heart ablation procedure and miss the rest of the 2017 season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

While this sounds like a serious procedure, he is expected to be ready for the 2018 season. Nick Castellanos, who is starting at DH and hitting third Saturday, may get the bulk of the starts there going forward, as recently recalled prospect Jeimer Candelario figures to serve as the everyday third baseman. Martinez, who has one year remaining on his four-year $68 million deal, hit .255/.324/.372 with 10 home runs in 435 plate appearances.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
1 year ago

Martinez (irregular heartbeat) is done for the season, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is a fairly serious condition, so it's not surprising to hear that the designated hitter will not return in 2017. Nick Castellanos, who is starting at DH and hitting third Saturday, may get the bulk of the starts there going forward, as recently recalled prospect Jeimer Candelario figures to serve as the everyday third baseman. Martinez, who has one year remaining on his four-year $68 million deal, hit .255/.324/.372 with 10 home runs in 435 plate appearances.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
1 year ago

Martinez was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with an irregular heartbeat.

EDGE Analysis

This marks the second time that Martinez has been sent to the DL with an irregular heartbeat. The 38-year-old was out of commission for just under two weeks the first time this popped up this season. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined this time around, but he is eligible to return Sept. 6 at the earliest.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
1 year ago

Martinez went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Friday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

The switch hitter had been stuck in a 1-for-12 mini-slump, but a day off Thursday appears to have perked Martinez up. His .118 ISO and .702 OPS remain his lowest marks since 2008, however, and the 38-year-old may not have enough left in the tank for a big finish to help salvage his fantasy value.

Victor Martínez
DH DET
1 year ago

Martinez is not in the Tigers' lineup Thursday against the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Miguel Cabrera will take V-Mart's regular spot at designated hitter during the afternoon contest. Martinez has wilted at the plated this year, with a particularly disappointing .219 clip in August.