Avisail realizes V-Mart will be highly coveted as free agent

White Sox outfielder says fellow Venezuelan and ex-teammate loves Chicago

Avisail realizes V-Mart will be highly coveted as free agent

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez, who is turning in a Most Valuable Player-caliber performance for the Tigers during the finale of a four-year, $50 million deal, would be a great free-agent fit with the White Sox in 2015 and beyond. The White Sox need a big left-handed bat to work with Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia, and the team had interest in Martinez before coming to an agreement with Adam Dunn four years ago.

But the White Sox certainly won't be the lone team interested in the talented switch-hitter, also considered a galvanizing clubhouse force. It's a sentiment understood by Garcia, who played with his countryman and friend from Venezuela with the Tigers.

"He likes Chicago. He said that to me. 'I like Chicago. I love to play there,'" said Garcia of the soon-to-be 36-year-old Martinez. "But it's a business, so I don't know what's going to happen."

What Garcia does know is that he's benefitting greatly during this early return from an avulsion fracture and torn labrum in his left shoulder, suffered April 9, which was supposed to sideline him for the season. Entering Monday, Garcia had hit .308 in September, with three homers and eight walks, after walking nine times all of last season.

"There's a combination of everything. The more experience you get, your pitch recognition and understanding of seeing the balls and hitting strikes, he's getting better," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Garcia. "That's part of having him come back this year and get some valuable time up here to be able to continue to improve with plate discipline and things like that."

Worth noting

Adam Eaton was expected to rejoin the team by Tuesday at the latest after being away for personal reasons.

Michael Taylor is working his way through a sore right knee after injuring it sliding last week. A MRI showed no tear in the knee.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.