The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Russell Martin signing official via a team press release. The release includes the following quote from Neal Huntington.
“With the signing of Russell Martin, we have acquired a quality defensive catcher who is a disciplined hitter that adds power to our lineup,” said Huntington. “He also brings experience, leadership and a strong desire to compete and win to our organization.”
Jon Heyman reported earlier that Martin would receive a $2 M signing bonus, $6.5 M in 2013, and $8.5 M in 2014. Heyman also noted that Martin decided to take $17 M for two years from the Pirates, rather than $21 M for three years.
The Pirates will have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Martin. A corresponding move will be made later today....
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