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Victor Martinez seems unsure of his future with the Detroit Tigers after the 2014 season, saying he wants to stay but also realizing where he stands on the team's pecking order.
"I want to stay here, yes," Martinez told reporters at the team's TigerFest. "But they have a lot going on. They have Scherzer; they have Miggy."
|Victor Martinez, who drove in 83 runs in just 80 games last season, will likely hit cleanup behind Miguel Cabrera for the Tigers in 2014.|
Max Scherzer, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2013, can opt for free agency after the 2014 season. Miguel Cabrera, the two-time reigning AL MVP, can become a free agent after the 2015 campaign.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank the Tigers' organization and all the fans, because when I had choices of where to go when I was a free agent, I came here because I felt it was the best chance to win," Martinez told reporters. "I haven't been wrong about that. We've won the division, have gone to the World Series, but we still have some work to do.
"We'll see what happens. This is a great organization that does what it needs to win."
Martinez, who will make $12 million in the final year of his four-year deal, hit .301 with 14 home runs and 83 RBIs in just 80 games last season. He missed the entire 2012 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during preseason conditioning.
He'll get plenty of opportunity to produce for the Tigers this season as he'll likely hit cleanup behind Cabrera with Prince Fielder having gone to the Texas Rangers.
"You're getting older and you know that the end of your career might be right in the corner," the 35-year-old Martinez told reporters. "It's sad, but you don't get the chance to keep trying and trying and trying."