DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers made it official on Friday and agreed to terms with catcher Victor Martinez on a four-year contract.
Financial details were not disclosed, but the Boston Globe reported earlier this week that the deal for the former Red Sox backstop was worth $50 million.
"We are thrilled to add a premier hitter like Victor Martinez to the Tigers organization," said Tigers president/CEO/general manger Dave Dombrowski in a statement. "Our top offseason priority was to add a proven bat in the middle of our lineup and Victor is an established .300 hitter and run producer at the major league level."
Martinez batted .302 with 20 homers, 32 doubles and 79 runs batted in over 127 games with the Red Sox last season.
The 31-year-old switch-hitter had spent his first seven-plus seasons in the AL Central with Cleveland before joining the Red Sox at the 2009 trade deadline. He is more known for his bat than his prowess behind the plate and will see more time at various positions with Detroit.
"We expect Victor to be in our lineup on a daily basis, serving primarily as our club's designated hitter and catching two to three times a week," added Dombrowski. "He also has the ability to fill in at first base and his versatility allows us to keep a premier bat in our lineup every day. We've discussed this with Victor and both sides are very pleased with what he brings to the Tigers organization."
A four-time All-Star, Martinez is a career .300 hitter with 131 homers and 638 RBI in 1,004 games.
The Tigers have been busy this offseason. They have already inked free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit to a three-year contract, while also re-signing shortstop Jhonny Peralta and third baseman Brandon Inge.