Fortunately for the Tigers, the best midseason acquisition may not cost any prospects.

He wouldn't cost any additional money, either.

All he'd cost is time.

Victor Martinez is desperately needed back in a lineup that can't score runs with any consistency and a locker room that lacks — paraphrasing manager Jim Leyland's words here — proper leadership.

Feared lost for the season when he injured his ACL in his left knee during a training incident in January, Martinez received some good news in April when he learned reconstruction surgery would not be required on the ligament.