**Yesterday we heard a report that the Pirates offered $25 M over three years. Later we heard that amount was high. George A. King III of The New York Post says that the Pirates offered two years initially, then moved to a three year, $22 M offer.
**Daniel Rathman of Baseball Prospectus looks at Russell Martin's value (subscription required). He notes that Martin's value really comes down to whether you believe in pitch framing statistics. He points out Martin's success in the area, and notes that Martin would be a bargain at his original asking price of $10 M a year if those numbers were to be believed.
**Speaking of the pitch framing study, here it is. Between 2007-2011, Martin ranked second in total runs. The difference between him and Rod Barajas in runs per 120 games was 20 runs....
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