Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Epstein: 'Nothing going on' with V-Mart
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- After reports surfaced recently that the Boston Red Sox and soon-to-be free-agent catcher Victor Martinez have begun contracts talks, both sides are saying they’ll wait until season’s end to get down to serious negotiations.
Both the Boston Globe and WEEI.com reported the Red Sox offered Martinez a two-year deal, but Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein told ESPNBoston.com, “There’s nothing going on.”
When approached about the subject, Martinez said, “I’m not talking about that. Is that what you want to talk about? Nope. Pass.”
Martinez told WEEI.com that the Red Sox offered a two-year contract, but that he was looking for a longer-term deal, calling two years a starting point.
Martinez’s agent Alan Nero responded to a text message sent by ESPNBoston.com, asking for an update on contract talks, by saying, "Nothing really to report. We'll talk at season's end."
Martinez, whose current five-year, $15.5 million deal expires at the end of the season, figures to be a priority for the Red Sox this offseason.