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Cleveland Indians

Martinez next on trading block, Olney says

By jcfortun Published: July 29, 2009

The trade of Cliff Lee may not be the last of Cleveland's deadline dealings this season. ESPN senior baseball writer Buster Olney fully expects Victor Martinez to be dealt as well.

Here is the story Via MLBTraderumors.com

The Indians have traded  Mark DeRosa, Rafael Betancourt and,  now, Cliff Lee. Who's next? Executives tell  ESPN.com's Buster Olney that they fully expect  Victor Martinez to be traded in the next 48 hours. In the words of one AL official:

"I don't think they'd move one without moving the other."

Martinez, 30, makes $4.5MM this year and will earn $7MM in 2010 if his team picks up his option. Most expect the switch-hitting catcher's option to be picked up, regardless of which team he plays for. Indians GM Mark Shapiro told FOX Sports that he's not under pressure to make deals for financial reasons, but some of Olney's sources say the team faces pressure to cut payroll.


The acquisition of catcher Lou Marson inthe Lee trade looks like a tell-tale sign that Martinez could be on his way out as well.
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