Pirates Sign Russell Martin

As per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Pirates have reached terms with Russell Martin, pending a physical.   We will continue to flesh this out with more details about the terms of the deal as they become available.

UPDATE 8:46 p.m. — Rosenthal tweets, via David Waldstein, that Martin’s contract is 2 years/$17M.  If confirmed, that is for a higher average annual value than the original rumor of 3 years/$24M, but the shorter term plays better for the Pirates and their need to evaluate Tony Sanchez at the Major League level.

UPDATE 9:45 PM: A few conflicting reports on whether the Yankees made an offer.

Olney also notes that Texas was in on the bidding.

Rob Biertempfel notes that the Pirates briefly considered Mike Napoli, but decided he couldn’t handle everyday catching and would be better suited in the AL. That seems to be the consensus, as most rumors I’ve seen have teams looking at Napoli as a 1B/DH.

Author: Kevin Creagh

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