Comments on: Has Russell Martin been the Best Free Agent Signing? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/has-russell-martin-been-the-best-free-agent-signing.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:40:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Tom Bragg http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/has-russell-martin-been-the-best-free-agent-signing.html#comment-28391 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:52:21 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55664#comment-28391 I didn’t include Sanchez because he didn’t switch teams. Miami traded him to Detroit last July before he resigned with the Tigers in December. He and Napoli have both been great though.

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By: tempman89 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/has-russell-martin-been-the-best-free-agent-signing.html#comment-28388 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:39:09 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55664#comment-28388 The Russell Martin signing was exactly what I always felt the pirates needed to do. Instead of spending 5 million on overbay, and a few million spread around, I always wanted that 1 bigger FA who could come in and contribute.
Now I recognize that it was hard to get free agents to consider Pittsburgh, but as we have seen with Martin, a lil more money and we get that player.

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By: Thom Kay http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/has-russell-martin-been-the-best-free-agent-signing.html#comment-28387 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:52:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55664#comment-28387 Mike Napoli and Anibal Sanchez belong on the list. Napoli is hitting really well on a 1yr/5m contract. Sanchez is paid well, but he’s pitching like a superstar.

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By: Stephen Brooks http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/has-russell-martin-been-the-best-free-agent-signing.html#comment-28381 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:24:07 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55664#comment-28381 It’s not just Martin’s production, but the delta between his production and the “next best option” – which at catcher was slim pickin’s. The drop-off on both offense and defense is pretty significant. As far as addressing needs are concerned, hands down the best acquisition of the offseason for any team.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/has-russell-martin-been-the-best-free-agent-signing.html#comment-28378 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:57:39 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55664#comment-28378 Tom: Easily the best because the merry-go-round has stopped – 17 SB’s, 13 CS. He is a true professional and handles himself very well, and is one of the biggest reasons I have for wanting Gerrit Cole in Pittsburgh and starting against the Giants on June 11. With guys like Martin, Burnett, Rodriguez, and Liriano he cannot help but learn valuable lessons of a MLB pitcher. One thing – I think he is making $8.5 mil in 2013 – $2 mil Bonus, $6.5 mil salary. In 2014 it is a straight $8.5 mil. Also love the fact that his W/K Ratio is .60 – anything better than .50 is a positive meaning that this is a guy who will put the ball in play.

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By: anthonycloskey http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/has-russell-martin-been-the-best-free-agent-signing.html#comment-28375 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:13:43 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55664#comment-28375 You’ve left out that Martin didn’t cost them their first round pick.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/has-russell-martin-been-the-best-free-agent-signing.html#comment-28366 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:47:14 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55664#comment-28366 agree with you and Tom.

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By: skliesen http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/has-russell-martin-been-the-best-free-agent-signing.html#comment-28361 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:42:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55664#comment-28361 Based on the most important criteria, value to team, clearly Martin has had the biggest impact of any FA signing. He has a distinct advantage being a catcher because he can impact each and every game in such a meaningful way.

This is really a no-brainer question to me.

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