World Champion O-jays sign former MVP Martinez
The New York Knickerbockers made headlines this week when the team inked outfielder Jack Hunt to a 4-year $60 million deal. Hunt, a three-time All-Star, spent last season with Ottawa where he helped the franchise win its first World Series championship. The 30-year-old batted .261 last season with 27 home runs and 99 RBI.
Chicago found a new face of the franchise in 1B Jacque Puffer when the team was able to sign Puffer to a 5-year $66 million deal. The 32-year-old 4-time All-Star had spent his entire career with Seattle before being traded to Syracuse. Puffer bated .293 with 33 homeruns, 111 RBI and a .916 OPS in his only season with the Sandmen.
To replace Hunt, the O-jays agreed to terms on a 3-year deal with former MVP outfielder Luis Martinez worth approximately $19.1 million. The deal includes a full no-trade clause with the third year being a team option. The 34-year-old 5-time All-Star batted .297 with 21 home runs and 64 RBI with a .919 OPS last season for the Washington D.C. Blue Coats.