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Signing Martinez Has Many Benefits

Victor Martinez's bat is key for Indians.

The Cleveland Indians took a huge step in the right direction by signing catcher Victor Martinez to a five-year contract extension with a club option for a sixth season.<br><br> Obviously, when you can get a young All-Star tied up contractually for an amount ($15.5 million) that is less than some players are getting for a single season, then the team has to figure it has made a pretty good deal.<br>

When that player is a catcher, a position where talent is at a premium throughout all of baseball, it's all the better. And when you add in the fact the player is a class act both on and off the field, you have the makings of a long-term relationship that could prove instrumental in the team ending its now 56-year World Series Championship drought. Martinez is the type of player and person... Recommended Stories

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